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Famous for its abundance of antique shops, Lostwithiel promises there is much more to discover in this hidden treasure…

Boasting charming narrow roads and ancient buildings, Lostwithiel was once the capital of Cornwall and locals remain immensely proud of their history and heritage.

Although no longer a capital, the town enjoys a bustling and thriving community, where even on a weekday you’ll find the town alive with people paying a visit to the bakery, deli, butchers and pleasant shops selling delightful gifts, artwork, clothing, jewellery and of course, antiques.

Embraced by locals as Cornwall’s hidden treasure, you’ll find a friendly and active community in Lostwithiel, keen to share its beauty with you.

Information boards are scattered across the town detailing fascinating snippets into the town’s historic features. The church, dedicated in honour of St Bartholomew and founded in the 13th century. The medieval bridge and Restormel Castle are just some of the attractions waiting to be discovered. The town has its own museum housing an interesting collection of exhibits, donated by locals.

Whether it’s browsing the shops, taking a walk riverside, learning something new or hunting a rare treasure at the regular antiques and collectors markets, there is something to suit all ages and moods. The town also hosts indoor car boot sales, craft fairs and produce markets, and is home to LostFest, Lostwithiel Beer Festival, Lostwithiel Carnival Week and Sing Along the River.

If you are living in the town or nearby and looking for something new to try, you will not be disappointed. With a community association, U3A group, environment group, twinning association, various sporting clubs and groups for younger members of the community, there is plenty to get involved in.

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