The stannary and market town of Liskeard (population 9,500) lies above the Looe valley, 14 miles west of the River Tamar and the border with Devon. The town centre boasts a wealth of Victorian shops, with a number of coffee shops to allow you to while away a lazy Saturday morning. The harbour towns of Looe and Polperro are just a short drive away, while Liskeard is also situated within a stone’s throw of Bodmin Moor. This truly is the heart of Cornwall.
In 1240, the first of 18 charters was granted to the town, allowing the holding of markets, a tradition that has continued to the present day. Liskeard generated its wealth during the 19th century, when copper, lead and silver mines were established in the town. Liskeard boasts two sets of public buildings, as well as the Parish Church of St. Martin – the second largest in the county.
Today, Liskeard is a bustling and vibrant town with a wealth of bars and eateries. Whether it’s a restaurant serving same-day fresh fish, a farm shop offering locally-sourced meat, or fruit and veg grown at one of the many regional farms, you’ll find Liskeard is a food lovers dream. Naturally, you’ll also find a takeaway offering a traditional Cornish pasty!
There are a number of schools in the town, including Liskeard School & Community College. You can thank Brunel for the town’s excellent transport links, with the station connecting Liskeard with Penzance to the west and London to the east. The A38 lies close to the edge of the town, while the A30 is a little further to the north. Flights take off from the nearby Newquay Airport, with further services available via Bristol and Exeter.