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Launceston Town Information

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Launceston Castle - Photo © Chris Shaw
Launceston Castle - Photo: Chris Shaw CCL

  Close to the border with Devon and lying on the River Tamar, this evocative hillside town was once the county’s capital and is often called the ‘gateway to Cornwall’.

Dominated by an 11th century Norman castle, it is largely Georgian, though the heavily-carved church of St Mary Magdalene dates to the 16th century.

Cromwell’s Parliamentarians captured the town in 1645 during the Civil War. During the medieval period Launceston was the only walled town in the county.

Local attractions include the Launceston Steam Railway.