In Brief

Classification: Town
Twinned with: Quimperlé in Brittany, France
Population: 9,417
Notable former residents: Welfare campaigner Emily Hobhouse and rugby star Trevor Woodman
Films shot in town: ‘The Ghost Train’ (1941) and ‘Blood + Roses’ (2010)
Interesting factoid: There’s a well in town called The Pipe Well that’s never been known to run dry. Ever


Liskeard is an ancient stannary town that’s perfect as a base to explore Cornwall due to its central position in the county, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It’s not far from Bodmin and to the north of idyllic Looe and Polperro, sitting above the Looe River valley in some lush countryside. Original Victorian shop fronts alongside its iconic Guildhall and Town Hall make for a historic experience here, although there are also many modern facilities too. Originally called Liscarret, the town is bursting with great eateries, shops and attractions on its doorstep. Plus, the train station on its outskirts has many services stopping by to take you out across the county. A week in Liskeard is relaxing, fun and easy for those who use it as their base.