As a travel fanatic, you have probably visited many locations across the UK. But, has Liskeard made your list? It should be on it, it is an intriguing and fascinating little town that certainly merits a visit.
Liskeard may seem to you like a sleepy little town but you will be surprised at the amazing fun activities, the magnificent sights of heritage buildings and monuments it offers. No matter what your choice of destinations is, one thing you can be sure of is a trip to Liskeard will find a special place not just in your photo album but also in your heart.
This little Cornish town, is a well-known travel destination for people within Britain and not overly explored by overseas tourists. Once you land in this town, the old monuments, beaches and adventure sports will steal your heart. Liskeard is a great place to explore, particularly its old town famous for coffee shops. Tasting the rich brew is a nice way to start the day.
Liskeard is an ancient stannary and a buzzing marketplace, close to South East Cornwall; a few miles away from the popular resort towns of Polperro and Looe. The town is in the Looe river valley and located fourteen miles west of the River Tamar. One can reach Liskeard from London using the Penance railway line and by road via A38.
You can explore the hidden coves and resorts of the beautiful Cornish coast in the south. To the north of the town lies Bodmin moor a vast neighbourhood. The town is home to many original Victorian shop fronts and interiors, as well as a Clock Tower, a Guild Hall and Town Hall. The renovated Stuart House displays the art and culture of the town and has a beautiful garden. An interesting story goes that the house got the name because Charles I stayed here for six nights at the height of civil war in 1644.
Stuart House is a Grade II listed building and provides an accurate picture of the town’s 5000-year-old history. All the rooms in the house depict the culture and heritage of the town. The house conducts craft workshops, exhibitions, and concerts with free admission.
Liskeard Museum, opened in 2002, it offers visitors a good collection of local handicrafts and artefacts. The artefacts give the long history of the town with exhibitions conducted quite often. The entry to the exhibitions are usually free.
Four miles outside Liskeard, you can test your luck in the slightly scary activities at Adrenalin Quarry. The quarry is home to one UK's largest zip wires covering half a kilometre and also the highest giant swings. It also offers an intense sport involving climbing, swimming and jumping off cliffs.
Minions Village is the highest village in Cornwall and is located six miles away from the edge of Bodmin Moor, once upon a time it was an industrial hub. Now, only its crumbling remains bear testimony to the power that was. The place also boasts of an ancient stone circle known as The Hurlers. Now under the control of Cheesewring this peculiar geological rock formation is worth a visit. Trethevy Quoit locally known as the Giant’s house displays an ancient granite slab monument over 3,000 years old. The place is three miles away from St Cleer and one of the earliest places to house man-made structures in Cornwall.
Liskeard and District Museum is a place worthy of more than a passing visit. The town has an ancient and the second largest parish church in Cornwall, St Martin’s Church, it was constructed in the 15th century, an architecturally stunning and historical building with a pleasant interior that houses ancient organ pipes that speak of a forgotten era. Sterts Theatre, is an open air covered amphitheatre that is located a few miles from Liskeard at Upton Cross, this venue hosts long shows in summer with local choirs as well as leading and well known stars.
If you have an interest in water sports, go to Siblyback Lake and County Park. Here you can take part in kayaking or windsurfing lesson. The trainers here also give lessons in water sports, to lift your confidence. If your interests lie in other activities, visit Fitness Centre and Lux Park Sports.
There are many murals in the town that describe the rising the town. Pigmeadow Lane, in Liskeard illustrates the history of the town and South East Cornwall since early years. The paintings, done on a wall, include the story of the industrial revolution, laying of the railway line and the changes in the social and political arena due to various changes both political and infrastructural!
Liskeard can be reached by road and rail from London. High-speed trains run from London’s Paddington station. There are direct trains to Liskeard from Bristol. By road, you can reach Liskeard in around five hours. So, pack your bags and travel documents to explore the town in the company of family and friends.