Launceston Castle
Launceston Castle
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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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Acornise
401 contributions
Aug 2022
Interesting castle, fun to explore.
Great views from the top.

As usual, staff were knowledgeable and friendly.

If we had to pay we may have felt it was expensive - the prices advertised at the castle seemed steep for what was a fairly quick visit - 1 to 2 hours. Booking on line in advance or being a member is cheaper.
Written August 22, 2022
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,239 contributions
Jul 2022
This Grade I listed monument is unusual in having a circular tower within the circular keep at the top of the mound or motte. You can climb up the steps to the top of this tower to see great views across the countryside and appreciate why the Normans saw this as such a strategic site.

Free to English Heritage members - but worth it even if you are not!
Written January 21, 2023
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Katie & Tom
66 contributions
Sep 2020
If you're a little scared of falling, or if you suffer a bit from vertigo, this could well be a challenge. But take nothing away from the views and magnificence of this piece of history. The castle itself is rather small, so you're unlikely to spend more than 2 hours here, but the entry fee is well worth it to gauge the awesomeness of the local landscape. Plenty of history here too, clear and concise boards with lots of information about the castle. Special shoutout to the lady in the gift shop... friendly, funny and a great smile. The fudge by the way, was a top buy.
Written October 25, 2020
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annie20061
Tidworth, UK1,018 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We are English Heritage members so booked to go here on our holiday to Cornwall. Lovely ruins of a castle with lovely views over Launceston, not much here there is a little shop. I would recommend taking a picnic and then you could spend a couple of hours here. A bit pricey if you were paying to enter though, worth a visit though. No parking, although there is a multi storey opposite so really easy to get too.
Written August 30, 2021
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,730 contributions
Jul 2022
Came here in the late afternoon for a quick visit. Since we're members entrance was free. Our English Bulldog was welcome on the site as well.

The site is very nice and green. Very quiet when we've visited with only a handful of visitors. Surprising. Because even though not the biggest, it is a very interesting and beautiful castle.

The big 13th-century round tower was built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. You can climb up to the top to enjoy the views of the beautiful valley.
The castle also served as prison and was also used as the base for the Cornish Royalist defence of the county.

A very pleasant visit. Nice history, great surroundings. A small souvenir shop at the entrance as well. We enjoyed it.

We parked our car at the nearby Westgate Street Multi-Storey Car Park and Coach Park. Only a few steps away.
Written November 5, 2022
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Ladykane1982
Chingford, UK468 contributions
May 2023 • Family
This was our second visit, our first was in 2017. The castle and surrounding grass areas are beautiful, the stairs to the castle entrance can be quiet exhausting but it is worth it. The little shop is lovely, the gentleman who served us was very friendly, very welcoming. We booked our tickets online so all very quick and easy. Nice little place to revisit, the views are beautiful, especially when sunny.
Written May 27, 2023
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Tracy G
Andover, UK282 contributions
Jun 2021
This castle is not large and will not take long to look round the remains but worth a visit, particularly if you are an English Heritage member. Good information boards giving the history of the place and excellent views over the town and countryside. The steps up the tower would benefit from having a light fitted, as on overcast days (as it was when we visited) it was very dark and the steps, being old, were very uneven. There are no on site facilities but there is a public toilet in the multi-story car park opposite.
Written July 7, 2021
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Leah AW
United Kingdom5 contributions
May 2022 • Family
it's a 30 minute explore, up lots of steep stairs and across a bridge. not suitable for prams or wheelchair users. £12 for one adult and 3 mid range age kids. expensive drinks in shop. but staff were very friendly.
saw a wedding party having pics in the castle grounds was perfect setting for that.
Written June 7, 2022
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cuddlymom
23 contributions
Jan 2023
Sadly the site was closed when we visited as it was winter. However, it didn't spoil our visit as the castle is a ruin after all! It was interesting to see the ruins, and the location of the castle on top of the hill. Launceston is a lovely village with plenty of cafes and places to eat so it was a good trip. Parking in January was so easy!
Written January 24, 2023
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j0nd0e297
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Small English Heritage site which is free if you’re a member. First impressions is the site is small so you’ll get around it quite quickly but another well maintained site with lots of interesting facts dotted about. I love these sites as they transport you back in time.

The staff were very friendly and lots of great items in the gift shop.

Highly recommended if you’re a history buff and like old castles.
Written September 14, 2022
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