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Launceston (Cornwall)

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Launceston is a town of about 12,000 in the east of Cornwall.

Get in[edit]

Launceston is on the A30, the main trunk road running though the centre of Cornwall and is about 45 min (41 mi) from Exeter.

Get around[edit]

It is easy to cover the town on foot. Taxis are inexpensive but not required in the centre.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Castle - 11th century by Brian de Bretagne, the first Norman Earl of Cornwall
  • St. Mary Magdalene - 16th century church, with one of the most lavishly carved exteriors of any English church

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Launceston Steam railway Tel:+44 1566 775-665 [1] - open during the summer months.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Tinhay Mill Restaurant, Lifton (a couple of miles to the east of the town), good reputation.
  • La Bouche Creole, in the centre, offers great Louisiana cuisine.

There are various Indian restaurants in the town but no Chinese.

  • Launceston Fryers offer good quality, fresh, fish and chips in the centre, opposite the post office.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The White Horse - Live music on Fridays.
  • The Bakers Arms - Lively, full of younger people.
  • The White Heart Busy on Saturdays.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The White Hart Hotel Tel:+44 1566 772-013 - The best accommodation in town.
  • Eagle House Hotel - Very popular.
  • Lots of B&Bs in the area.
  • Great Bidlake Manor, Bridestowe [2] An outstanding Elizabethan manor house on the western edge of Dartmoor is available as luxurious self-catering for up to 13 persons in 6 double or twin bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.

Get out[edit]

Plymouth and Exeter are connected by several buses a day. Tavistock is a Devon market town.

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