LAUNCESTON, CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY
Built by Henry III’s brother Richard in 1227, Launceston Castle is a shell keep, a circular wall with buildings inside it. Richard later added to the castle with another tower and a fighting platform, making this castle the dominant building for miles around. It’s still fairly impressive today. Climb the battlements for impressive views, picnic on the grass around it or read up on its history in exhibitions inside. The castle has an impressive history not just as the fortress of the Earl of Cornwall but also as a prison in the 17th century where George Fox, founder of the Quakers, was imprisoned for eight months. Today the castle is the site of the summer music festival. Castle Rock, and the start of the Two Castles walking trail, linking it to Okehampton Castle.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Access limited to outer bailey, exhibition and shop, steps to keep
- Facilities: Side entrance to avoid steps to shop, access via staff entrance (call in advance), induction loop, handrails
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct, daily 10-5. Closed Nov-Mar. Please check website
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About the area
Discover Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Cornwall has just about everything – wild moorland landscapes, glorious river valley scenery, picturesque villages and miles of breathtaking coastline. With more than 80 surfing spots, there are plenty of sporting enthusiasts who also make their way here to enjoy wave-surfing, kite surfing and blokarting.
In recent years, new or restored visitor attractions have attracted even more visitors to the region; the Eden Project is famous for its giant geodesic domes housing exotic plants from different parts of the globe, while nearby the Lost Gardens of Heligan has impressive kitchen gardens and a wildlife hide.
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