Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

A delightful local museum, situated in a fine Georgian house in the heart of Launceston, containing themed rooms over three floors and a wonderful garden with fine views, ideal for picnics on fine days. Rooms feature local history, Launceston at war, a scale model of the old Southern Railway Station, a toy room with toys to play with and one dedicated to Launceston's famous sons: John Couch Adams, astromomer and discoveror of Neptune; Philip Gidley King, early Governor of New South Wales; Charles Causley, poet and broadcaster; and William Wise, herbalist and plant collector.

Listen to our working Polyphon and see our fine costume collection and the Mayor's Parlour.

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  • Brand new Launceston Bank £1 note

    Downstairs in the garden room, this was purchased by the Friends of Lawrence House Museum (FLHM) for the museum's collection

  • Napoleonic Prisoner's Model Boat

    Many of the prisoners of the Napoleonic wars on parole in Launceston were skilled craftsmen. If time hung heavily on their hands they turned to making objects from the materials they had about them, like this lovely little boat made from the bones of the maker's weekly beef ration

  • Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

    Awarded to Launceston poet Charles Causley (1917-2003) in 1969 - "the best Poet Laureate we never had"

  • 17th Century Wheel Lock Rifle

    We have a beautifully decorated wheel lock rifle - a very unusual survivor from the past

  • William 1 Silver Penny

    Probably minted at St Stephens across the valley from the Museum, this coin dates from the reign of William the Conqueror who is clearly depicted on its face

Admission & prices

Closed until further notice. We hope to be able to re-open in Spring 2022. Please check back for more details.

Normally Open

Monday - Saturday

10.30am - 4.30pm

Last entry 4.00pm

Open all Bank Holidays

Open at other times by arrangement

Admission if free but donations, which support the work of the Museum, would be appreciated

Disabled access to the ground floor only but we have beautiful picture books showing exhibits on the other floors

Disabled WC

Find us

From the A30 follow the signs to the Town Centre along Western Road.
There are several car parks, including a multistorey car park behind the Town Hall. It is a pleasant walk across the Castle Green to Castle Street and the Museum

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  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities

Allow plenty of time to visit Lawrence House as there is lots to see for all the family on 3 floors. Wheelchair access to ground floor only but we have lovely albums of exhibits upstairs & down & a comfy room to study them in.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

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9 Castle Street
PL15 8BA

T: 01566 773277

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Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

9 Castle Street
Launceston, CORNWALL PL15 8BA