Launceston Castle

Facilities

Facilities at Launceston Castle

  • Parking

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    There is no on-site parking available at the castle. There are a number of nearby pay and display car parks which can be used by visitors to the castle, including a multi-storey car park (managed by NCP) opposite the castle and long and short stay council owned car parks within a 10-15 minute walk. Disabled parking is by prior arrangement, please call the castle. There is no on-site parking for coaches and minibuses, although access to the staff car park is permitted for school visits if arranged in advance.
  • Food And Drink

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    There is a vending machine selling hot drinks, including tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The shop also sells a selection of soft drinks and water, as well as ice-cream.
  • Picnic Area

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    You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat inside the castle grounds. There are a number of benches offering views over the castle green and bailey which make great locations for eating, as well as grassed areas on which to lay out your blanket.
  • Shop

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    The shop sells a selection of English Heritage gifts and themed souvenirs, including confectionary, drinks, clothing, toys, games, books, stationery and textiles.
  • Toilets

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    Unfortunately, there are no public toilets available on the site.
  • Museum

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    There is a small exhibition room and cabinet display area, located beyond the shop.
  • Exhibition

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    There is an exhibition and display which traces 1,000 years of history, featuring a number of archaeological finds from site excavations.
  • Gardens

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    Inside the castle grounds visitors can walk around the motte on a grassy pathway, and there are a number of nice seating areas (benches and grassed areas) on which visitors can take a rest. There is also a special walk, advertised by Tamar Valley Tourism, between Okehampton and Launceston Castle.
  • Family Friendly

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    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    Although there is no adventure playground, outside the castle boundary visitors will find an open space called the Castle Green. This has the outline remains of the bailey (although no standing building). Inside the castle grounds there are ofetn bows, arrows and an archery target board available, as well as some clothing to try on. Visitors should be aware however that ball games and kites are not permitted.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    Pushchairs are allowed (no restrictions across the site).

    Toy / Dressing Up Box

    A dressing up box for children can be found in the museum exhibition area.
  • International

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    Foreign Language Guide Books

    Full guidebooks can be bought in English only, however a number of laminated A4 double sided sheets (providing a simple explanation of the history of the castle) are available in French, German and Dutch.
  • Commercial Photograph And Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook. We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted. We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts. English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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