Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

Delightful local museum, situated in a fine Georgian house, contains themed rooms on 3 floors & 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 & discoveror of Neptune, Philip Gidley King, early Governor of New South Wales, Charles Causley, poet & broadcaster and William Wise, herbalist & plant collector.

Listen to our working Polyphon and see our fine costume collection, Mayor's Parlour and objects relating to the previous owners & occupants of Lawrence House

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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

Re-opening for 2017 Monday 3 April

Open Monday - Friday

10.30am - 4.30pm

Last entry 4.00pm

Open all Bank Holidays and, in 2017, Saturdays 8 July, 12 August, 9 September and 14 October

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 2015

New for 2017:
From 10 July - Buildings in Launceston - a study of Launceston's architectural gems with new views inside by U3A Local History Group
In our outer hallway the lantern which used to hang outside Launceston Town Hall;
In our inner hallway some of poet Charles Causley's Staffordshire flatbacks.

Upstairs some wonderful evening clothes from the Victorian era to the 60s as well as children's clothes from the same period

And later this year we celebrate Royal Society Scientific Local Hero (one of only 15 nation wide) John Couch Adams, co-discoverer of planet Neptune

9 Castle Street
PL15 8BA

T: 01566 773277

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Lawrence House Museum, Launceston

9 Castle Street
Launceston, CORNWALL PL15 8BA