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Launceston Guide
Launceston (pronounced Lansen) is often overlooked as a holiday town - but it shouldn't be.
Launceston is ideal for visitors who want to enjoy Cornwall's countryside - away from the crowded coast.
Launceston - often referred to as "The Gateway To Cornwall" makes an ideal base to explore East Cornwall - including the North and South Coasts.
It is also a great place to chill out and to avoid the summer crowds. Prices are lower here - and the hotels, shops and restaurants are less busy.
It is well known if you live in Cornwall - that the way to escape the crowds is to drive inland - and nowhere is better for this than Launceston.
Top Ten 10 Things To Do In Launceston

Wander Around Town
Launceston's attractiveness lies in its historical detail -  
This is an ancient town, and you will find evidence of its history everywhere. Every street,
every alley reveals another interesting find.

Launceston Castle
Built by The Count of Mortain, half-brother of William the Conqueror, Launceston Castle
dominates the landscape, and the views from its ancient ramparts have to be seen to be
believed. A must visit!

St Mary Magdalene Church
The fine Tudor church of St Mary Magdalene was built in 1511.
It is located near the centre of town, so it os easy to find, and is well worth a visit. The
intricately carved exterior is unique and utterly amazing.

Lawrence House Museum
A fine Georgian house built in 1753. Now a family-friendly museum - kids love The Toy
Room! A great place to visit on a rainy day.

Coronation Park
A nice park and playground, plus a leisure centre and indoor swimming pool.

River Kensey
Stroll along the riverbank, and cross the ancient packhorse bridge, used by monks long
ago on their way to the nearby priory. Visit the priory ruins.

Trethorne Leisure Park
This excellent attraction is just perfect for families with young children. Here you'll find a
leisure-farm, ten-pin bowling, dodgems, indoor and outdoor play areas with ball-pools,
slides, climbing-frames etc. Also a family restaurant.

Play Golf
Launceston is blessed with two of Cornwall's Top Ten Golf Courses.
Trethorne Golf Club is around three miles outside town. And Launceston Golf Club is
located in the St Stephens area of Launceston Town.

Eat and Drink
Launceston has an amazing choice of places to eat and drink.
From basic local pubs, to sophisticated restaurants - something for everyone.

Launceston Steam Railway
A narrow gauge steam railway from the centre of Launceston, through the glorious
countryside of the Kensey Valley, to the hamlet of Newmills.
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