Welcome to Launceston, the town known to be the gateway to Cornwall and the key to all the rich Cornish legends and history. Launceston is a traditional market town, boasting of its Cornish heritage in with its Georgian houses, narrow streets, carved churches and the market square.
Situated at the eastern end of Cornwall, Launceston is a town which can be considered as a shopper’s delight with the numerous shops that have sprung up over the years, yet despite the developments of modernization, Launceston has maintained a traditional ambiance. When in Cornwall, you should not miss visiting Launceston. It is the jump off point when you are bent on exploring both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. Accommodation is not a problem for visitors in Launceston because the town boasts of various establishments designed to suit different individual tastes.
Among the must-see sites in Launceston is the Launceston Castle. You can see the ruins of a castle that dates back to the 11th century which has been used for public executions until the 19th century. Launceston still boasts of fine buildings in the center of the town, buildings that had withstood the demolition which took place sometime about the middle of the 20th century. Long time ago, Launceston was known as a market town, dating back as far as the time of the Normans.
The Launceston Church is yet another attraction you should not miss. Don’t fail to drop by the church of St Mary Magdalene and marvel on the elaborate carvings adorning the granite, a thing which is not usual among the churches in Cornwall. Tales have it that a ghoul or Kergrim haunts the churchyard. You could lose yourself among the memorabilia of the 12th century remains of an original railway station which runs from London to Padstow. The Launceston town gate is another must-see site in Cornwall. Strange stories go around this part of Launceston. Belief has it that there are some who could see the Wild Hunt crossing the bridge and misfortune falls on individuals who see the Wild Hunt twice because they would not make it alive. At the south portion of Launceston is Hingston Down, another site to visit to see a buried treasure.
If you are inclined towards the arts, you should visit Treburley, a hamlet situated between Launceston and Callington. Here, you could feast your eyes on the collection of original paintings displayed at the Lakeside Gallery. Launceston became historic when the Prince of Wales visited the town once to receive the feudal dues as the Duke of Cornwall.
Other places you must not miss on your visit to Launceston includes the Lawrence House, recognized as one of the best museums in the South West and where you can see a displays of historical artifacts, the Northgate and Prison, the Southgate arch, the Town Hall, Steam Railway at Newport, Leisure Center, and the Coronation Park. At Launceston, you can find many things to do and places to visit. You can walk around the town and delve into the interesting history of Launceston or just mingle with the locals.