Fair trade

There’s one word that sums up Lostwithiel – antiques. The town is the antiques capital of Cornwall and is packed with shops offering everything from books and collectibles to furniture, paintings and china.

Lostwithiel has a rich history and was granted stannary town status in the 12th century - stannaries were courts connected with the tin mining industry at a time when the crown granted miners special privileges to reflect tin’s importance to the economy.

Today Lostwithiel is a thriving and lively community. As well as antiques shops you will find a number of independent businesses selling art and lifestyle products for you and your home. There’s also a thriving, award-winning farmers’ market. Best of all, there’s plenty of free parking in Lostwithiel, which is on the A390 and worth a detour on your journey in and out of Cornwall.


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Lostwithiel is great for food lovers too with a range of great places to eat from cafes to restaurants and pubs. Or grab something to eat in the town and enjoy an al fresco picnic by the river.

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As well as the antiques shops, there are regular fairs and events throughout the year. An antiques fair has been held in the community centre on the second Sunday of every month since 1989 and, more recently, a vintage fair has been held on the same date in the church hall. There are also several collectors’ markets during the year and regular auctions in the town.