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Cornwall’s one and only city radiates a chic, urban charm that’s reflected in endless shopping opportunities and some of the best restaurants and bars in the county. Once a Norman castle stood where the present day Crown Court is located and Truro thrived as a port and the prosperity of the late 18th and early 19th that continues to this day can be seen today in the elegant town houses that line the city’s streets. Centre stage is Truro Cathedral with its impressive gothic towers dominating the city skyline. In its shadow a warren of back street are home to dozens of independent traders selling all you need from funky fashions and cool surf wear to locally made bread and Cornish cheeses. With a yearlong festival programme, weekly food markets and several art galleries and historical attractions Truro is a cultural gem.
Things to do in Truro
The Royal Cornwall Museum houses objects that reveal Cornwall’s history from prehistoric times through to its industrial triumphs with an Egyptian mummy thrown in for good measure. The museum runs events for families throughout the year and explorer packs are available for children at a small charge. Admission charges apply - children free.
Visit Lemon Street Market home to some of Truro's most exciting and innovative small businesses. Here you can visit the Lander Gallery and Coffee Shop hosting Cornish art spanning four centuries, pick up some Cornish grown fair trade and organic flowers at Daisy Roots and sample some artisan breads and patisseries at Baker Tom
Truro Cathedral’s gothic revival cathedral spectacularly illustrates the city’s prosperity in the 19th century. Copying the great cathedral builders of the medieval age, its huge spires soar over the city skyline, and inside there are some of the finest examples of Victorian stained glass in the UK.
Victoria Gardens, just two minutes walk along The Leats towards the railway viaduct from the city centre offers a haven of tranquility, with elegant gardens, fountain and traditional bandstand - perfect place for a picnic (steep paths in places).
Owned by avid gardeners Wendy and Michael Perry, Bosvigo Gardens are just a 15 minute walk from the town centre. Filled with rare and unusual plants, vibrant blooms in the main garden contrast with the subtle shades of the courtyard plants and woodland walk. Open March to September on Monday/Wednesday/ Friday 11:00– 18:00.
Have a night out on the town at either the state of the art Plaza Cinema and watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster or catch a show at the Hall for Cornwall, a 1,000 seat theatre hosting star acts ranging from comedians Al Murray and Jimmy Carr to musicals like Blood Brothers and Avenue Q.
From the end of July to the beginning of September daily activities take place at the Hendra play area behind Victoria Gardens including bouncy castles and Punch and Judy laid on by Truro City Council. You’ll also hear local brass bands playing in the park’s bandstand at weekends during the summer.
If the family are up for taking sides and a bit of a competitive play then get in some ten pin bowling at Truro Bowl. Eight lanes of exciting strikes guaranteed.
Travel from Truro to Falmouth taking in the stunning Fal estuary scenery on a day trip with Enterprise Boats. The trip takes approximately one hour, with options to disembark at other locations on route and pick up the boat later. For the return trip, catch a train back to Truro on the picturesque branch line from Falmouth.
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