Local area guide

Living in Launceston

Thinking about moving to Launceston? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Launceston

Why Launceston is a good place to live

Launceston is a charming town full of rich history, nestled at the northernmost point of Cornwall. With its distinctive architecture, from slate-tiled walls to granite pavements and overhanging eaves, living in Launceston is like stepping back in time. The town is also full of beautifully maintained Victorian villas, semi-detached homes and detached houses. Its location in the Tamar Valley adds to its appeal, striking the perfect balance between comfort and adventure. Excellent schooling options like the 'outstanding' St Stephens Community primary school and the 'good' Launceston College, add to the reasons why Launceston is a lovely place to live.

What's Launceston famous for?

Launceston is famous for its historic Norman castle, which sits atop the town with fantastic views, and its unique townscape which transports you to a time long past. The town's history is another point of pride, especially because Launceston was once the county town of Cornwall. Last but not least, Launceston is the hometown of the famed Charles Causley, one of England's finest poets of the 20th century.

Things to do in Launceston

Launceston offers something for all tastes, from visiting historic sites to sipping a cup of coffee in its quaint cafes. Visit the historic Launceston Castle, take a stroll on the narrow medieval streets and pay a visit to Lawrence House Museum. If you're a foodie, you can treat your palate with delicious offerings from local butchers like Warren's or munch on the best pasties from Barnecutt's. If you fancy a bit of shopping, Elkerton-Smith offers a variety of antiques while Nomads features fair trade clothing. There's always something interesting to do in Launceston, plus it's only a short drive to Bodmin Moor and within 40 minutes' drive to both the north and south coasts of Cornwall.

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Average asking prices in Launceston today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£235,000

49 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£435,300

140 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£255,000

32 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£127,500

18 properties for sale

Properties currently for sale in Launceston

Whether you're looking to buy a family home or a beautiful apartment, we've got you covered.

Transport in Launceston

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Launceston.

Local connections

Torpoint Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
19.5 miles / 31.4 km
Devonport Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
19.6 miles / 31.5 km

Schools in Launceston

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Launceston.

Education in Launceston

Windmill Hill Academy
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Launceston College
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Josephs School
Ages: 4 - 16 years old
Launceston Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
St Catherine's CofE Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
St Stephens Community Academy
Ages: 2 - 11 years old

Local pubs in Launceston

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  • Newmarket Inn

    Launceston, Cornwall, PL15

    Ive got the best punters in town, the best beer in town, the best prices in town and the best staff in town. what more could any landlady ask for..........

  • Eliot Arms

    Tregadillett, Launceston, PL15

    A charming, traditional, Cornish, village pub with rooms, The Eliot Arms welcomes you.

  • Arundell Arms

    Tinhay, Lifton, PL16

    The past 50 years have been a period of warm welcomes and consistent high quality service to our guests. Whilst strong on traditional values and service, the hotel has never stood still and there have been a constant stream of improvements to the hotel.