Truro, the UK’s most Southerly city is a vibrant centre of shopping, culture and impressive architecture right in the heart of Cornwall.
Centre stage is Truro Cathedral with its impressive gothic towers dominating the skyline. In its shadow, a warren of compact streets are home to an impressive array of independent traders. From boutiques to bookshops and designer interiors to delicatessens, this great little city offers a unique shopping experience. The café culture is pretty impressive too, with hip coffee houses, artisan ice creameries and cocktail bars dotted across the centre.
There is a yearlong festival programme, weekly food markets and several art galleries, cultural events and historical attractions:
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 Atrium Gallery hosting Cornish art, have lunch or a drink at the cafe, 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 gardener Wendy Parry, 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
- Visit the Shelterbox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre and see how the Cornish charity ShelterBox responds to natural disasters and conflict. Discover how you can play a part in helping people across the globe to rebuild their lives.
- 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
- Take a walking tour around the city with a Blue Badge Tour Guide on Wednesday mornings in the summer months.
Useful Truro website links
Truro Tourist Information Centre
Whats on in Truro
Things to do Truro
Truro holiday accommodation
Truro caravan sites
Truro holiday parks
Truro self catering
Truro is often mentioned in Winston Graham’s books; and this Autumn experience an exclusive trail with Poldark’s TV Historian at the Royal Cornwall Museum.
The Royal Cornwall Museum is home to Poldark author Winston Graham’s handwritten manuscripts, the Winston Graham Historical Fiction Prize, and even Winston Graham’s typewriter. Now this longstanding association with Poldark is taking a new turn at the Royal Cornwall Museum with a brand new trail of 18th Century objects curated by University of York Historian and Poldark TV series Historical Advisor, Dr Hannah Greig.
Getting the historical detail correct is critical in period drama which is where Dr Greig’s role has been pivotal to the TV phenomenon that’s swept the nation. The Royal Cornwall Museum’s collection of objects includes some of Cornwall’s best examples of 18th Century ceramics, furniture, glass, transport, paintings and sculpture. Hannah’s Poldark inspired trail not only combines highlights of the Museum’s collection but also her ‘behind the scenes’ knowledge of the TV series. This trail is designed for everyone aged 11 years upwards, children under 16 enjoy free entry.