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A perfect base for exploring the wild landscapes and rich heritage of Cornwall, Launceston hotels offer access to historical castles, dramatic moorland and cosy teashops.
Once the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston boasts a long and interesting history. The most prominent site looming over the town is the ruin of Launceston Castle. Built on a large natural earth mound soon after the Norman Conquest, the keep consists of a 13th-century round tower set inside an earlier circular keep. The castle was once the administrative headquarters of the Earl of Cornwall, as well as a prison during the 17th century and the base of the Cornish Royalists. An exhibition details the castle's 1,000 years of history and the castle itself offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Launceston Priory is another interesting historical attraction, dating from the 12th century but destroyed following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. The ruins can be found behind the church of St Thomas the Apostle.
Cornwall is famed for its natural beauty and the Tamar Valley is one of the county's most celebrated destinations. The Tamar Discovery Trail is a great way to tackle the area, encompassing picturesque woodland, river quays and charming villages. The route is 30 miles in total but can be broken down into five sections. Many travellers choose to combine the route with the Tamar Valley Line train service.
Another way to explore the town's surrounding is on the Launceston Steam Railway, running through the woodlands to the hamlet of Newmills. In the summer, Newmills is an ideal place to unwind with a picnic or a drink in the café.
Close to the town is the Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre. An excellent destination for nature lovers, the centre has a collection of British and Asian short-clawed otters, as well as several species of owl, peacock and waterfowl.
A short drive eastward will take you to the edges of Dartmoor National Park, one of the country's most famous moorlands and a perfect choice if you're looking for dramatic landscapes. If you'd rather head to the city, Plymouth is easily reachable by car. As well as shops, Plymouth has a number of historical attractions including the Pilgrim Steps and Smeaton's Tower.
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