Lawrence House Museum



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Built in 1753, Lawrence House is leased to Launceston Town Council and used as a local museum and civic centre. The collections are spread over three floors with exhibits that focus predominantly on local history including Launceston's intriguing association with Australia. There are many activities and exhibits: local history, war, model railway, toys, and agriculture. Also featured are Launceston's famous men: astronomer John Couch Adams; Philip Gidley King, who sailed on the HMS Sirius, a ship that accompanied the first fleet of convicts sent to Australia; poet Charles Causley and William Wise's herbarium. On top of that are a working Polyphon, a costume collection, a Victorian kitchen and a garden with fine views.

Lawrence House Museum
9 Castle Street, LAUNCESTON, PL15 8BA
Phone : 01566 773277


  • Parking nearby
  • Access by ramp to ground floor
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, Mon-Fri 10.30-4.30 (last admission 4). Open BHs

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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