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At the head of the Looe Valley, between Bodmin Moor to the North and the South Coast, Liskeard is an old market town handily located on the main intercity train line from London Paddington.

The town prospered in the 19th century because of the mining boom, and this wealth is reflected in the architecture from that time.

Liskeard, image Liskeard Information Centre 

Liskeard continues as a market town - it still has a working cattle market - and most of the shops are small independents that you won't find anywhere else, many still with Edwardian facades. You'll also find regular farmers' markets (every other Friday) and plenty of food and ingredients grown by local producers. With all these great ingredients available, it's not surprising that there are a number of very good restaurants in the area.

Although Liskeard's history is long (it was granted a royal charter as far back as 1240), the town's (free) museum is much newer, having opened in 2002. Stuart House is also free to enter and offers a varied programme of exhibitions, workshops and concerts.

Liskeard Museum, image Liskeard Information Centre

Because of its proximity to major transport connections like the intercity rail line and the main A38 trunk road, Liskeard is a proper Cornish, closer-than-you-think base from which to explore South East Cornwall. Bodmin Moor is only three miles to the north, while the sea is nine miles to the south. If you want both in your holiday, then Liskeard is a perfect place to stay.

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