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Launceston Castle
SX 331-846 Cornwall England

Launceston Castle Launceston Castle is an impressive stone motte and bailey fortress, founded by Robert, count of Mortain. The Norman motte supports a 12th century shell keep and a central two storey drum tower, added in the 13th century when the castle was granted to Richard, earl of Cornwall. With solid drum towers flanking the South Gatehouse, a new curtain wall and the re-siting of the North Gatehouse, he transformed the defences. In the large rectangular bailey, he added a new kitchen, a chapel and a Great Hall which remained in use as the Assize Hall until the 17th century. Nearby is Southgate Arch, 13 miles east is Lydford Castle and 16 miles west at Boscastle is Bottereaux Castle.


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Launceston Castle is located in the town centre, off Western Road. 25 miles north-west of Plymouth, on the A38-A388.

The site is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and in the care of English Heritage. Open daily, July and August 10:00-6:00pm, April to June and September 10:00-5:00pm, October 10:00-4:00pm.

There is a car park nearby.

Click here for castle pictures Launceston Castle Picture 1Launceston Castle Picture 2Launceston Castle Picture 3 and a castle map of the area Castle Map of the Area

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