Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral

The Plaza Cinema Truro

The Plaza Cinema Truro

Cornish capital Truro at the head of the Truro/Fal river is brimming with Georgian architecture and is home to some of Cornwall's best art galleries and museums, and the region's premier entertainment venue - the Hall for Cornwall. The city (feeling more like a beautiful county town) was once one of the Cornwall's powerful stannary and financial centres - the many elegant houses around the centre are a legacy of this, built by wealthy mine owners and their descendants. Lemon Street in Truro is widely regarded as one of the finest Georgian provincial streets outside of Bath. Truro's architectural gems aren't just Georgian. Dominating the centre is the great Victorian Gothic revival cathedral completed in 1910 and built from Cornish granite and Bath stone.

Pick up boat trips from Truro quayside to Falmouth, St. Mawes and other locations along the Fal River. Boat trips put a wide range of attractions around the estuary within easy reach including historic Pendennis Castle and the Trelissick Gardens. Take in a film at Truro's award-winning independent four screen cinema, the Plaza, or escape the hustle and bustle and stroll around the city's peaceful parks and gardens including beautiful Victoria Gardens with bandstand and Waterfall Gardens alongside the River Kenwyn. The Hall For Cornwall entertainment venue right in the heart of the city centre offers a packed programme of performances ranging from opera and pantomime to ballet, comedy, music concerts and great family shows. The city also hosts numerous events including an annual Gay Pride Festival, Truro's Continental Market, the City of Lights Festival with lights parade, and an annual half-marathon.

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral

History & Cathedral

Truro was designated a city by Queen Victoria in 1877 but has a history stretching back to the 12th century when Chief Justice of England Richard Lucy built a castle here on what is now the Courts of Justice on Edward Street. Truro really started to develop in conjunction with Cornish tin and copper mining booms. Centrally placed in Cornwall and with a strategic riverside location, Truro was once an important industrial port and stannary town connected to the deep harbour facilities of Falmouth at the estuary mouth. Magnificent Georgian architecture is plentiful around the centre, particularly on Lemon Street and Walsingham Place, both of which are lined with Georgian houses and a selection of Georgian B&B guest houses. Great stannary courts, a city hall, magistrates, police offices, a skating rink and picture house once stood on the site where the Hall of Cornwall entertainment venue stands today.

Truro Cathedral is the city's centrepiece - an ornate and vast Gothic revival building. The cathedral's first stones were laid by Edward VII in 1880 before he became king. The cathedral is a classic example of the Victorian's skill in combining a medieval Gothic revival style with modern building techniques. An ice rink is usually in place across the Christmas season just behind the Cathedral and the building is free to enter, featuring a great range of themed children's trails ideal for families including Riff Raff the Cathedral Cat Trail. A cafe/ restaurant and cathedral gift shop are both on-site, and guided tours are available.

Hall for Cornwall in Truro

Hall for Cornwall in Truro

Royal Cornwall Museum

Renowned internationally for its collection of rare minerals, the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro is region's centre for archaeology, social history, geology and fine art. Exhibits and collections are in a variety of areas from ethnology and natural history to fine art and geology. Fine art treasure include work by members of the Cornish Newlyn and St Ives Schools of Art as well as impressive work by Constable, Hogarth and Edward Burne-Jones. See an exceptional collection of archaeological finds from across Cornwall including finds from ancient sites like Carn Brea, particularly Neolithic flint, Iron Age and Romano British pottery and an array of Bronze Age material.

Quayside & Boat Trips

This Cornish riverside capital also has a stunning quayside at the head of the River Fal where you can pick up a variety of scenic boat trips around the estuary. Buy your Fal Mussel Card Visitor Ticket for unlimited hop on and hop off ferry, train and bus travel from and to Truro! Days out on the water include boat trips to Falmouth and St Mawes where you'll find a choice of pretty beaches, watersports, castles and more. A great time to visit Truro is during the annual Fal River Festival in late May/ early June and the Autumn Fal River Walking Festival!

Accommodation in Truro

  • Probus   (4.2 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Charming Grade II listed cottage dating from the 17th Century now offering quality B&B accommodation near Truro. 3 double ensuite guest rooms, choice of breakfast served.
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  • Portscatho   (5.9 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    4 star award winning, Bed and Breakfast near St Mawes, Cornwall. Beautiful views, with family rooms. Food prepared from local produce. Just 25 miles from Truro.
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  • Tregony   (6.5 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    This detached house is located just outside the village of Tregony in Cornwall and sleeps ten people in six bedrooms.
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  • Playing Place   (2.0 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Situated in a peaceful Cornish village, this charming bungalow provides comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to four people with one double and one twin bedroom.
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  • Near Truro   (4.9 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Charming three bedroom holiday accommodation close to Truro & Falmouth set at a former Foundry. Furnished balcony, two bath/ shower rooms, parking for 2 cars. No pets.
     
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  • Mylor Bridge   (5.6 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Beautifully renovated modern holiday cottage in Mylor village near Falmouth with a sunny front terrace, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, WiFi and woodburner. Off road parking area.
     
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  • falmouth   (5.0 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Exceptional waterside property at Restronguet Creek near Falmouth with beautiful views, lovely garden, wood burner & boat mooring. 3 bedrooms. Children over 5 welcome.
     
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  • Falmouth   (5.6 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Wonderful 3 bedroom Mylor Bridge cottage ideal for families/ small groups visiting the beautiful Cornish coast. Plenty of water sports/ boating opportunities closeby. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Nr Falmouth   (5.1 miles from the centre of Truro)
    Sleeps 6
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    £620
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    Waterfront cottage near Falmouth with spectacular views across to Restronguet Creek & the Carrick Roads. Private shingle beach & waterside garden. Boat storage & moorings. Sleeps 6
     
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  • Near Mylor Bridge   (4.7 miles from the centre of Truro)
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    Cosy barn for two near Falmouth. Peaceful country setting a short walk from a waterfront inn with garden & terrace, woodburner, parking and WiFi. A real romantic retreat.
     
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