English Heritage: Launceston Castle

English Heritage: Launceston Castle
Castle Lodge, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7DR
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Built after the Norman Conquest and set on a high stronghold motte with spectacular views of the town and countryside, Launceston Castle was once used as the Earl of Cornwall's administrative headquarters, making it an important location for control. It was also formerly a prison that once held George Fox, founder of the Quakers and also a base for the Cornish Royalist defence of the county.

The castle houses a hands-on exhibition with finds from excavations within the site. Climb up to the battlements for impressive views across the countryside. For food and drink, there is a vending machine selling hot drinks and the shop also sells a selection of soft drinks and water, as well as ice-cream. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Launceston Castle can be reached easily by road. There is no on-site parking available at the castle but there are a few pay and display car parks nearby, including a multi-storey car park just opposite. Visiting the castle is free for members, £4 for adults and £2.40 for children.

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