10 Things to Do in Launceston That You Shouldn't Miss

Launceston west of the middle stage of the River Tamar, which constitutes almost the entire border between Cornwall and Devon. The landscape of the town is generally steep particularly at a sharp south-western knoll topped by Launceston Castle.

1. The Hidden Valley Discovery Park

St Thomas, Launceston PL15 8SJ, England Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
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4.5 based on 823 reviews

The Hidden Valley Discovery Park

Reviewed By mufcadd - Melbourne, United KingdomMelbourne, United Kingdom

2nd Time

This place is a must for families. we have been twice now and both times it has been very enjoyable the trails a both really good the house is fantastic all staff are very friendly and a special thank you to the staff member that was walking around the tr

2. Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre

North Petherwin, Nr. Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8GW | North Petherwin, Launceston PL15 8GW, England Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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5 based on 750 reviews

Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre

Reviewed By 852clarissah - Arundel, United KingdomArundel, United Kingdom

Absolutely brilliant. Fun for the family & so many animals

We visited the centre on a family holiday, and spent the day there. The cafe was reasonably priced and had high chairs. They even do a gluten free pasty option which made my mother in law very happy. (A 50 minute wait, but really nice when it arrived)I fe

3. New Mills Farm Park

New Mills Farm Under Lane, Launceston PL15 8SN, England Sights & Landmarks, Farms
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

New Mills Farm Park

Reviewed By AnneC2010 - Wadebridge, United KingdomWadebridge, United Kingdom

Little Gem

My husband and I called in today with two 8 year old's and one 11 year old. They really enjoyed their time. The pedal carts were very popular. It is mainly geared towards younger children but we spent a very entertaining two hours there. I thought it was

4. Launceston Steam Railway

Enter a destinationLaunceston, United Kingdom
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4 based on 244 reviews

Launceston Steam Railway

Reviewed By Jonathan_Gibson1964 - Southampton, United KingdomSouthampton, United Kingdom

Hidden gem.

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall for half term and looking for places to visit we came across this beautiful railway. Just like going back in time. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We travelled to the New Mills farm park at the end of the line - see separate review. You could travel up and down the line as many times as you like on one ticket. Excellent value for money. The trains ran roughly once an hour. They did wait when a few stragglers were still purchasing tickets. All in all a good time was had by all.

5. Lawrence House Museum

9 Castle Street, Launceston PL15 8BA, England Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Lawrence House Museum

Reviewed By David B - El Barco de Avila, SpainEl Barco de Avila, Spain

Local museum housed in a Georgian Property

This is a local museum dealing with the history and people of Launceston. It is well laid out and displayed and we particularly enjoyed the Georgian dining room which is furnished to show the house as it was in its hey-day. The building is National Trust

6. Launceston Castle

Launceston PL15 7DR, England Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4 based on 240 reviews

Launceston Castle

Set on a large natural mound with an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower inside an earlier shell keep. George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh imprisonment here in 1656. Dog friendly and child friendly.

Reviewed By 923Dan - Swindon, United KingdomSwindon, United Kingdom

The Leaning Tower of Launceston Castle - Stunning small castle ruin.

Visiting we eventually found the tucked away entrance to Launceston Castle and its impressive Leaning Tower - best seen from the base of the tower on the hill top.Simply stunning setting.We got half-price entry with our CADW cards (Welsh version of Englis

7. Launceston Tourist Information Centre

Broad Street | White Hart Arcade, Launceston PL15 8AA, England Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Launceston Tourist Information Centre

Tourist/Visitor Centre

Reviewed By Mike P - Chelmsford, United KingdomChelmsford, United Kingdom

Very helpful Centre

If you you need to know about interesting buildings & places in & around Launceston as well as other facts etc. then make your way to this centre & speak to the very helpful staff there. As well as information they can provide you with all sorts of maps &

8. Wesley Cottage

| Trewint, Launceston PL15 7TG, England Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Wesley Cottage

Historic 18th Century Cottage where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, rested. The Cottage contains the smallest Methodist preaching place in the world. Peaceful Garden. Complimentary light refreshments normally available. Open 1st May to 31st October. Winter opening by prior arrangement.

Reviewed By eddon1983 - Exmouth, United KingdomExmouth, United Kingdom

Great little place to visit

This is a lovely little cottage with lots of history relating to the Church. The gentleman who only lives next door gave us a guided tour. He then offers to either leave you to read the literature or talk to you about the history instead. Our advice is to

9. St Mary Magdalen Church

Church Street, Launceston PL15 8AW, England Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

St Mary Magdalen Church

Reviewed By pops1940 - Bath, United KingdomBath, United Kingdom

Loved this venue

All our visits in and around Launceston tied up with the magnificent history of this ancient church. The guide was very hospitable and took us on a jaunt of flavoursome history around the outside. This was a unique and thoughtful task. The outside of the

10. Launceston Town Hall and Guildhall

Western Road, Launceston PL15 7AR, England Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Launceston Town Hall and Guildhall

Reviewed By eddon1983 - Exmouth, United KingdomExmouth, United Kingdom

Nice Hall for events

Went to the Guildhall for a well being day. There were plenty of stalls to wander round and people who were there were more than happy to chat and discuss their goods or services on offer. Also a few free samples! Free to get in and well worth a visit if

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