Visitors will find our great little city filled with friendly pubs and funky restaurants as well as a great selection of shops, a museum and the iconic cathedral.
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 for many years. The prosperity of the late 18th and early 19th continues to this day and can be seen today in the elegant town houses that line the city’s streets. Centre stage is Truro’s impressive gothic revival cathedral that towers over the town.
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. There's also a selection of well known retailers spread around the city centre and others on the outskirts.
Being a small city, it's easy to escape to the surrounding countryside, including following the downriver towards Falmouth, or you could just explore Victoria Park with its colourful bandstand and summer concerts.
Things to do
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. It's a hidden gem.
For those looking for their own history, the Cornwall Family History Centre is located in Lemon Street, and offers help to those with family links to the area.
Don't miss Lemon Street Market, home to some of Truro's most exciting and innovative small businesses, with an amazing mix of independent shops and cafe's. There's also an outdoor market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, selling everything from scrummy pies to antique books.
The city has a friendly traditional cinema, a great live music venue at the Old Bakery and the Hall for Cornwall brings well known touring theatre and music to the heart of the county. There's also plenty of pubs and bars if that's how you like to spend your evenings.
Plan your trip
Everything you need to know to plan your trip to St Ives
Follow the M5 to Exeter, and then join the A30 down into Cornwall. After crossing Bodmin Moor and passing signs to Newquay you will see signs to Truro on your left.
Truro has a number of large long stay car parks to choose from, including Garras wharf & Moorfield.
National Express serves Cornwall from destinations throughout the UK. The coach drop off point in Truro is on Lemon Quay which is located in the centre of town, where local connections can be found.
From Truro bus services reach out across Cornwall.
Great Western Railways operate high speed services from London Paddington, South and Wales to Cornwall, including sleeper services from London Paddington. Cross Country Trains (Arriva Trains) operate services into Cornwall from the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
Truro is located on the mainline and from here you can take the branchline to Falmouth or continue down through Cornwall to Penzance and St Ives.
Yes, Truro is Cornwall's only city. It has a population of around 21,000 people and is famous for it's gothic architecture and paved streets. A pleasant place to spend the day shopping or visiting the Royal Cornwall Museum. In the evening there are plenty of bars and restaurants, a cinema and the Hall for Cornwall theatre.
Of course! The city is famous for its ancient, cobbled and narrow streets with a range of stunning architecture featuring Gothic and Georgian styles. Central to the city centre is the Victorian Cathedral whilst all around it are a selection of independent shops, cafe's and restaurants.
With a recently refurbished theatre, cinema and loads of lovely pubs, Truro is a great place to spend a night or two, with the added bonus that it's no distance to drive to a beach during the day, either of the north or south coast.
Often, and quite literally, bypassed, mid Cornwall is overlooked by visitors who are understandably seeking coastal charms. Next time, however, pull over, stop for a while and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by the pastoral beauty of this underrated area… There's still plenty of pretty villages, lots of heritage, tucked away attractions and Cornwall's only city, Truro.
Admission to the iconic Cathedral, situated in the heart of Truro is free. However, a donation towards the building upkeep is always welcomed. Current opening times are 10.00 - 17.00 every day (Mon-Sat) and 11.30 - 16.00 (Sun). Visiting times can be subject to change.
Yes, it's called The Plaza and is an independently owned cinema situated on Lemon Street. Built in 1936 in an art deco style, it now has five screens.
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Long sandy beaches, hidden coves, rugged moorland, quaint fishing villages, deep wooded valleys, bustling seaside resorts, industrial heritage, rocky headlands, colourful gardens, idyllic rivers and a bijou city, Cornwall has a bit of everything for those who want to explore.
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