• Excellent shopping facilties
  • Variety of Restaurants and Bars
  • Cinema, Theatre and Museum
  • Boat trips to Falmouth and St Mawes

Truro’s heritage is as a market town and port dating back over 800 years, thriving during the tin mining era. Nowadays the port is mostly used for pleasure cruises along the tributaries of the River Fal to Falmouth and St Mawes.

Truro has a large indoor market on Lemon Quay and farmers’ markets every Wednesday and Saturday close by on the quay. In addition to the major stores and chains, there are still many small individual shops to be found down the narrow streets of Truro.

Exploring branching side streets you’ll uncover specialist shops, intimate jewellery stores and quirky art pieces hidden away. Characterful historic buildings disguise an abundance of modern and traditional wares.

It’s the diversity of the specialist shops that intermingle with the mainstream stores that keep Truro’s character alive. Likewise, if you’re looking for a bite to eat, there’s a cornucopia of different flavours to choose from, whether you want a vegetarian only feast, a taste of Thailand or a Cornish steak.

See a show at the Hall for Cornwall, visit the cathedral, go inside the Royal Cornwall Museum, where among the fantastic displays – and on the foodie theme – you can learn all about the crockery of our ancestors (whilst pondering just how many cups of tea the giant Victorian teapot on display can hold). A visit to the award winning Charlottes Teahouse in Coinage Hall where there are many varieties of tea to sample including the Tregothnan Estate tea – Cornwall’s very own tea plantation.You can leave history behind and head to one of Truro’s green expanses. My personal favourite is the peaceful Victoria Park, originally created to commemorate Queen Victoria´s Diamond Jubilee where you can shelter under cover of the trees, amble the winding paths, or daydream by the bandstand. Boscawen Park, by the side of the Truro River, and next door to Truro Cricket Club, is the city´s main open space with tennis courts, cricket, and football pitches. Here children can play in safety and adults can laze the afternoon away in idyllic surroundings. A mile from the city centre is Bosvigo Gardens. Here there are rare and unusual plants and a small specialist nursery. The gardens are open from March to the end of September, Thursday to Saturday.

Truro´s position and excellent transport links make it a good base for exploring the rest of Cornwall, especially for someone wishing to have all facilities and opportunities close at hand.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit Truro and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

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