Looe Valley Line

An ancient market town at the head of the Looe Valley

How to visit by train

Liskeard is an ancient Cornish market town located on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor.

The town prospered with the mining boom in the 19th century and has lots of fine buildings designed by the architect Henry Rice.

Whilst Liskeard isn’t necessarily a tourist destination there are some interesting shops, museums and cafes to explore as well as an interesting walk which explores some of the industrial heritage of the area.

Walk into town

From the railway station, turn right at the top of the slope.

The town is a 15-minute level walk but if is wet there are plenty of taxis outside the station and a bus stop opposite.

Walk up the left-hand side of the pavement as this will take you past some lovely houses, including Manley Terrace and eventually bring you into the town centre.

The main shopping area of Liskeard is tucked away down here and easily missed.

Antique shops mix with Highstreet chains here and if you wander further down and turn left, this will take you into Fore Street.

Liskeard street scene

Independent shops

There are some little shops along this street but the far end has some of the nicest old shop fronts, a lovely fruit and veg shop and fishmongers.

Another shop worth popping in to is Goldsworthy’s, opposite the vegetable shop.

This traditional iron mongers stocks everything a vast array of products and it is almost impossible to leave without having found something that you just have to have.

From here head up the hill, called Pike Street, and half way up you will find Liskeard museum.

Fascinating history

This is a free museum and well worth popping into for a look around.

There’s lots of information on the local area with a particular focus on mining and geology.

It also a fascinating collection of toys through the ages.

If you keep heading up the hill after the museum you will find yourself on The Parade.

This is the main road access into the town.

From here if you want to explore more of the surrounding area you can pick up a walk from this point.

Alternatively, head left down The Parade.

Just past the Post Office you will walk past an old building called Stuart House.

This house is easy to miss but it is a real gem.

Dating from the late medieval period, this house is famous for Charles 1 staying here during the Civil War.

You can explore the house and there’s also a little café and some beautiful gardens outside to enjoy.

After Stuart House, turn left and you will recognise the road that will take you back to the station.

Coming by train

The station is on the mainline as well as being the start of the Looe Valley Line. Trains arrive and depart from all over the country.

30 minutes from Looe

30 minutes from Plymouth 

From Liskeard station it is a 15 minute walk to the town centre

Buying Tickets to Liskeard

Looe to Liskeard



Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak and anytime weekends and Bank Holidays.

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Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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30 min

Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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50 min

Approximate journey time


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