Located on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor, the old town of Liskeard was granted its first charter back in 1240 and became an important market town which, with the onset of the copper mining boom in the 19th century, flourished. Today that prosperity can still be seen in the fine buildings dotted around then town. Webb’s House, a huge early Victorian former hotel dominates the town centre, shops have original Edwardian facades, medieval Stuart House once provided lodgings for Charles II and the Guildhall is a fine example of Victorian grandeur with its imposing clock tower. Due to its proximity to the moor, Liskeard is a great place to stock up for a picnic and a stroll around the old town stopping for a coffee at one of the many cafes is not a bad way to spend the morning.
Things to do in Liskeard
- Stuart House offers a quick glimpse into its 500 year old history with themed rooms and there’s also a varied program of arts exhibitions, craft workshops and concerts. Free entry
- Liskeard Museum opened in 2002 and houses a good collection of local artefacts that tell the story of Liskeard’s long history through frequently changing exhibits. Free entry. The building also houses the towns information centre.
- Just 4 miles outside the town you can take part in some slightly scary activities at Adrenalin Quarry which is home to one of the UK’s longest zip wires at over half a kilometre and one of the highest giant swings, there’s even some coasteering thrown in, too
- Minions village, six miles away on the edge of Bodmin Moor, is part of Cornwall’s World Heritage industrial landscape and is surrounded by mining relics. It is also close to the Bronze Age stone circle known as The Hurlers and the moorland to the north of the village is dominated by the Cheesewring, a bizarre geological rock formation on the horizon.
- Just north of Liskeard, Trethevy Quoit is a Neolithic tomb, dating back 5,000 years. It is probably one of the earliest man-made structures in Cornwall.
- Try a windsurfing or kayaking lesson at Siblyback Lake and Counyty Park is an inland reservoir five miles away where instructors give watersports lessons on the calm water and build your confidence
- See a show at Sterts Theatre at Upton Cross a few miles from Liskeard. A unique canopied amphitheatre that has a summer long program of shows from star acts to local choirs and their own theater company.
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