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Launceston Castle

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Rare motte and baily castle with spectacular views

Launceston Castle, run by English Heritage is a rare survivor of a motte and baily castle - most... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Launceston, United Kingdom
Nice walks around this castle

We didn't actually go into the castle itself, as there is a park surrounding it which gives you a... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Set on a large natural mound with an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower inside an earlier shell keep. George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh imprisonment here in 1656. Dog friendly and child friendly.
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Launceston PL15 7DR, England
+44 1566 772365
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All reviews english heritage worth the climb surrounding countryside worth a visit great views from the top interesting history small display steep steps ticket office lovely lady well worth the effort sunny day small shop great place to visit couple of hours value for money ruins
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an English Heritage site so being members it’s free to visit. However the castle closes from 5 November and doesn’t open now until April 2019. Saying that it’s still great to walk through the grounds and still see some of the castle ruins.

Thank RObbo60_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Launceston Castle, run by English Heritage is a rare survivor of a motte and baily castle - most were replaced by later much larger designs. It is on top of a tall hill above a deep valley, so the view from the top is excitingly...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely walk through the castle grounds. Had my younger brother in a wheelchair but this was fine we managed to get around most of it apart from the stairs. Was a lovely sunny day also so perfect weather for a perfect surrounding.

Thank lorrainer727
Reviewed 24 September 2018

we spent a couple of hours looking round the castle and visitor centre, a trip to the top of the castle is a must as the views are spectacular, the guide book is a must buy, as it explains everything about the castle. the park...More

Thank sarah p
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We didn't actually go into the castle itself, as there is a park surrounding it which gives you a nice view of it, and we had a very pleasant walk around it. It is not far to walk from the town, through the park. Nice...More

Thank roaming_kiwi58
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We have been to Launceston many times and this is the first time we have been to the castle. It’s dog friendly and a great place to visit with good views over Launceston.

Thank CT9
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

This is a must for all when in Launceston Cornwall. The view from the top of the Keep of the Tamar valley is truly Wonderful. The staff so very interesting full of History.

Thank Jan P
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Launceston Castle is a must 64 steps and 360 degree view over surrounding countryside and historic Launceston you can see for miles. Unfortunately there isn’t any wheelchair access or ramps and the steps are fairly steep so not suitable for people with poor mobility. Before...More

1  Thank talbotnicola
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

So much history, great views. On a hot day, lovely place to sit and have lunch brought from the local town. The only thing that lets it down are the occasional people using it to doss about.

Thank Demz86
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Very helpful staff and a nice little shop. Worth visiting if you are EH members but I didn't feel it was great value for us. The lower grounds are public anyway and our children mostly enjoyed exploring them more than climbing eleventy million steps!!

1  Thank Zoe H
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4 April 2018|
Response from Andrew R | Reviewed this property |
yes on leads all areas hope this helps
15 February 2018|
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Response from Colin D | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the person above I would suggest it’s something like 10-5, but count on that so check before you travel
15 July 2016|
Response from Diggercarl | Reviewed this property |
Quite frankly I would not change anything.. The information available is very good.. I do recommend getting the guidebook, and there are nice nooks and crannies to explore..