Visit Liskeard

For the adventurous individuals who want to dip their fingers or delve into the glorious past of Cornwall, Liskeard is the most ideal base to start your exploration. Liskeard is situated ideally, where to its northwest lies the Bodmin Moor known for its outstanding beauty and carrying secrets of century-old burial chambers, settlements of the Bronze age, holy wells, disused quarries and giant stones, all these mute witnesses to the events that unfolded during the existence of the Neolithic man, Cornish kings who ruled the area and thousands of miners who made Liskeard throb with life.

Liskeard, in short, is the jump off point to worlds of adventure. Nestled at the head of Looe Valley, Liskeard has been an important market center for centuries. The growth of Liskeard town was boosted by the mining industry in 1828 and contributed much to what the place is now. When you think of Liskeard, think of a picturesque market town alive with interesting buildings. Among the buildings you can see is the Victorian Guildhall, and a clock tower. You can also see the Stuart House where Charles I stayed back in 1644 as well as the second largest church in Cornwall.

Every Monday and Thursday, Liskeard throbs with activities as people flock to the leisure center, the Lux park for the market days. Join in the lively chatter and get a local feel of the place. Among the attractions in Liskeard are the Dobwalls Family Adventure park, Holy Well, King Doniert’s Stone, and Neolithic burial chamber which is also known as Trethevy Quoit. You must not also fail to visit the Liskeard Church and District Museum, the ancient Pipe Well, Lux park Sports and Fitness Center, and the St. Martin’s Church, one of the largest churches in the country. It is mainly a 15th century church and the tower was built in 1902.

Liskeard is home to many Victorian shop fronts that has continuously drawn tourists from all over the globe each year. They have recently renovated the Stuart House, and it is now used as a venue for the Arts. It comes with an attractive garden. Charles 1 stayed at the Stuart House for 6 nights during the Civil War in 1644, hence the house got its name.

The town of Liskeard was originally named Liscarret when it received its first charter back in 1240 from Richard, Earl of Cornwall. The mining industry in Liskeard contributed much to the town’s growth and development back in the 18th century.

Liskeard also hosts several murals which depicts the town’s history from the earliest times. The murals cover the industrial revolution, up to the period when the railway was introduced. There is the Pigmeadow mural and the Liskeard Mural. Studying the murals is one way to get a glimpse or take a trip back to what life was in Liskeard centuries ago. For individuals who just want to “get away from it all” and go for a quiet form of relaxation, you have the pleasant option of strolling around the local Westbourne Gardens. Liskeard answers your call for relaxation or satiate your cravings for Cornwall history.

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