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Launceston Cornwall England

 
Launceston known as the “Gateway to Cornwall” is a town situated just over one mile west of the River Tamar in the Tamar Valley. An historic town with narrow medieval streets, a market square and dominated by a Norman castle. Once the ancient Capital of Cornwall it has several arch bridges dating from the 15th century and earlier as this was the only crossing point of the River Tamar at the time.

Launceston Castle
Built by Count Robert Mortain half brother to William the Conqueror, built after the Norman conquest, it was remodelled during the 13th century.

St Mary Magdalene Church in the centre of the town dates from the 16th century, it has many ornate carvings on the granite exterior and a tower which houses six bells and a clock.

Lawrence House Museum
Is housed in a Georgian building dating from 1753, features include local history, toys, John Couch Adams the discoverer of the planet Neptune, a working polyphon powered by clockwork, a rare herbarium, six volumes of over 1,000 pressed plants 1881-1920's, 3mm scale model of the Launceston Southern Railway Station.

Events in Launceston:
Launceston Agricultural Show
Annual show held in July, agriculture, crafts, local produce, displays, trade stands and entertainment.

Launceston Steam & Vintage Engine Rally
3 day event usually held over the Spring Bank Holiday. Steam Engines, Vintage Tractors, Vintage Cars, Motorbikes, Military Vehicles, Models & Collectables, trade stands, fair attraction and more.

Places to visit:
Tamar Otter & Wildlife Centre
British and Asian Short Clawed Otters, woodland enclosure with Fallow Deer, Wallabies, Muntjac Deer, Owl aviaries, peacocks and a variety of waterfowl on the two lakes. Woodland walk and waterfall. Car park, tea room and gift shop.

Trethorne Leisure Park
Activities throughout the day, ride ponies, bottle-feed lambs, hand milk cows, and stroke the animals. Iindoor play area includes Pillow Bash, Bungee Run, Ball Pools, Assault Course, Soft Play Area, Climbing Wall, Slides, Trampolines and Jolly Rogers Ball Blaster. Large outdoor park with Crazy Golf, Aerial glide, slides and swings. Paddleboats on the lake. The area is enclosed for children's safety with a friendly supervisor to help. The premier bowl has 8 lanes of fully computerised ten-pin bowling providing entertainment for all kinds of occasion. there is a Licensed Bar. Amusements Arcade, pool tables, Mario Karts, Horse Racing & Deal or No Deal. Gift shop.

Villages near Launceston:
Lewannick
Village approx. five miles south west of Launceston, there are two ancient inscribed stones, one inside St Martin’s Church dating from Roman times, the other in the churchyard. The village has a number of 14th and 15th century buildings. Near to the church is Blaunders Holy Well.

Werrington
Village once within the boundries of Devon, Werrinton Park was built in the 17th century. St. Martin and St. Giles Church built in the gothic style dates from 1742 and has three towers.
 
 
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