Truro Travel Guide

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Truro Things to Do

  • Truro Cathedral

    When the foundation stones were laid on 20th May 1880 by the future King Edward VII it was the first Cathedral to be built in England since Salisbury in 1220.Designed by John Loughborough Pearson it is built mainly of Cornish granite in the medieval Gothic style with the more decorative features made out of the softer Bath stone.One of its more...

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  • Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral and was the first all-new Gothic cathedral to be built in Britain for 600 years and is the largest example in the British Isles of the Gothic Revival architectural style fashionable during the nineteenth century. Foundation stones were laid in 1880 by the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII and the...

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  • Lest We Forget

    War Memorial The Truro memorial was originally a testimony to Truronians killed or missing during the First World War (182 names), later additions were the Second World War (106 names) and later still 1 name from the Falklands War and 1 from the war in Afghanistan.The memorial is a dressed granite, mostly rock-faced with a bronze statue of a foot...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    The centre is a good source of Information on local and national attractions, Advice on planning excursions and activities, Local and national accommodation booking service, Advance purchase Eden tickets, A wide selection of gift ideas, CDs, maps, guides, books, stamps, walking and cycling touring guides, and souvenirs.Cornwall Tourism Awards...

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  • Coinage Hall

    The Coinage Hall goes back to a time when Truro was chosen as a Stannary Town, this is where smelted tin was assayed before being exported. The present Victorian building is on the site of the original 14th century Coinage Hall. Today the Coinage Hall is home to a small number of retail outlets including Pizza Express, Charlotte's Tea Rooms and the...

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  • City Hall

    The City Hall, which includes the Mayor's Parlour and Truro City Council Offices was built in the 19th century and is of Italianate design. The building has an impressive clock tower, which was given by an anonymous donor after the original clock tower became the victim of a fire in 1914. Truro Tourist Information Centre is also within this...

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  • Quaker Meeting House, Come-to-Good

    Come-to-Good is a small village, the origin of whose name is uncertain but may be a (probably ironic) reference to the presence of a group belonging to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers. The thatched Meeting House, completed in 1710, is sparsely furnished (by comparison with many other places of worship) and reflects a...

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  • Truro Cathedral

    This is a beautiful building, built in the traditional Gothic style. Surprisingly it was built much later than it would seem, between 1880 & 1910, and had to be built at an angle to fit into the site in the centre of the city which had existed for hundreds of years.

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  • The First Viaducts in Truro

    Following the success of the initial Bristol to London railroad in 1841, demand was great for further extensions of this new mode of transportation. Among the results of this demand, was the extension of the railroad into the resort and tin-mining areas of Devon and Cornwall, with construction on this section starting in 1853. The success of the...

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  • Viaduct

    One of Truro's most impressive attractions is the long Carvedras granite and brick railway viaduct built in the west end of the city to span the valley in which most of the city nestles. Built in 1902 to replace an earlier stone and wood viaduct of the same name (see the next Tip for more details), this one continues to play a vital role in...

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  • Victoria Gardens

    Although an overcast day and long after the colourful flowerbeds had passed their glory, I detoured off The Leats on one of my city walks in order to have a closer look at Truro's Victoria Gardens. Located on the gently sloping hillside beside the River Kenwyn, this relaxation area was opened in June, 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond...

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  • Pedestrian Friendly Streets

    Although downtown Truro is quite small and the traffic can get congested at times, I still found it to be a pleasant city to enjoy on foot. There are quite a few places where the streets are given over to pedestrians only and also a network of paths leading between the shops, so it is quite easy to take short-cuts. The old centre of the town...

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  • Truro Cathedral

    Cornwall boasts it's very own impressive Anglican Cathedral, located in its only city, Truro. This happened to be the where the first Bishop (1877-1883) was located when the new diocese was created, and he went on to become the highest authority in the Church of England when he was appointed as the Archbishop of Canterbury (1883-1896). It seems...

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  • The 'Soft' Southern Coast

    If you don't feel like a brisk walk along the cliffs of the north coast, then head the other direction out of Truro and you will shortly be along the coastal waters of the English Channel side of Cornwall. This area is generally of lower elevation and beautiful in a different sort of way with its forests, fields, gentle hills and numerous bays and...

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  • The Leats

    My little walk into Truro brought me, as soon as I had passed beneath the railroad viaduct, onto a very interesting pedestrian footpath called 'The Leats'. It ran between the a stone channel used to contain the River Kenwyn on one side and the sloping valley wall comprising Victoria Gardens on the other side. The end nearest the viaduct is very...

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Truro Hotels

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  • Alverton Manor Hotel

    Tregolls Rd., Truro, TR1 1XQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Mannings Hotel

    Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2QB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Carlton Hotel

    Falmouth Road, Truro, TR1 2HL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Truro Restaurants

  • Vertigo

    A great little hole-in-the-wall art-deco upmarket Cafe Bar in Truro, Cornwall. The place is very stylish and comfortable with couches, tables, and lounging environment. The bar offers delicious cocktails, tapas, teas, and coffess. Great food and snacks available. Now dwelling in the former old court house, this three story building has a garden,...

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  • William IV Pub (Truro, Cornwall,...

    During mid-week, William IV Pub is one of the few pubs/restaurants opening and serving food after 6 pm in downtown Truro. Located in the busy city center of Truro, the pub boasts a vibrant atmosphere and a fantastic selection of beer and wines. During my visit on 6/15/10 - it was a bit low key, quiet, and excellent speedy service. Since I don't...

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  • Yak & Yeti

    It was my first night wandering around Truro, during my first vacation in Cornwall. Truro was a quiet town and unfortunately, many of the restaurants closed by 6/6:30 pm ... and just as I was about to settle for some more English standard pub fare, I spied this little gem. Himalayan\Nepalese\Indian Cuisine - and they were open - much later than...

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  • Pub Christmas Festivities

    I met my wife and her sister in downtown Truro on a Friday lunchtime two days before Christmas, so we decided to have a look around to see what was available for a pub meal. We did not really like the bleak interior looks of the first (non-pub) restaurant we checked out and then found that the next two pubs were full to the gills as people were...

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  • Great local produce!

    This is by far and away one of the best restaurants in Truro. Its small and family run by Nic and Traci Tinney who do a great job of using only local produce where possible. Consequently, the menu is based on seasonal produce which is as fresh as can be and this is reflected in the quality of the food. All meals are started with their home made...

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  • Cathedral Refectory

    Bensons Restaurant started life as the Cathedral Refectory, which formed part of the Cathedral’s Ministry of Hospitality.It has a good reputation in Truro for good quality food at reasonable prices and we certainly found that to be true. I enjoyed a coronation chicken baguette - it was huge anfd the filling went to the bottom of the bread. The...

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Truro Nightlife

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    by EasyMalc Written Jul 1, 2014

    Whenever I’m in Truro I always visit the Old Ale House. I just have to. If, like me, you enjoy a convivial atmosphere in a rustic sort of way with real ales and ciders and good snacks to soak it all up, then the Old Ale House could be to your liking too.
    Although I’ve been dropping in and out of here for a number of years it’s much too far away to know what goes on all the time. What I do remember though is that there used to be so many barrels of independent real ales on offer that it was an absolute mecca for the real ale enthusiast (of which I’m one).
    Something must have gone wrong because many of the beers disappeared, and the atmosphere with it. The place just didn’t seem the same somehow.
    Fairly recently, Skinners, the local brewery has taken up the mantle and has tried desperately to retain the aura that the pub once had, and I think they have their work cut out if I’m being honest. The problem for them is that they only offer their own beers plus a guest beer or two and they can’t possibly offer the same choice as what was here before.
    Having said that I’m pleased to see that they’ve treated the pub with the reverence that it deserves. Absolutely nothing’s changed where the decor is concerned and the barrel of monkey nuts is still there for people to help themselves to (and throw the remains on the floor). The skillets and hands of bread are still on offer and there’s regular live music.
    Ok. It may not be quite the same as it used to be but you can’t blame the brewery for that. As far as I’m concerned it’s still a great pub, they’ve done everything to maintain the pub as it was - and they sell some great beers of their own as well.

    Dress Code: Casual

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Truro Transportation

  • Truro Railway Station

    Truro railway station is on the Cornish main line that runs down to Penzance and served mainly by First Great Western trains which run hourly in each direction.Some trains also run directly from London and if you’re able to get on one of these you’ll be glad you did. The reason being is that the regional trains are nowhere near as comfortable as...

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  • Car Parking – Moorfield

    Moorfield – Lemon Mews RoadLocated about 4 minutes from the cathedral well situated for the City centre, this is a multi-storey car park with toilets.Pay and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 720 carsMonday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm3 Hours: £3.40Lemon Mews Road, Truro TR1 2QDJuly 2011

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  • Country Lanes

    There is such an abundance of roads and lanes in England that it seems there are always three or four ways to reach any desired destination. One particular stretch of the A390 highway leading into Truro often becomes very congested, and it happens to be between the houses of my wife's sister and her parents. No problem, one day we just took the...

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Truro Shopping

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 31, 2006

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    On our various visits to England, we have found both the Sainsbury and Tesco supermarket chains to be very useful for picking up whatever is required. In fact, when we could not find a public phone booth in Barnstaple, Devon to let us use our phone card we stopped at a Tesco store to see if they had a public phone. The manager took us to it but, finding it out of order, he let us use the store phone for the cost of a small donation to a local charity!

    In Truro, the large modern Sainsbury store on the hilltop overlooking the town also has a petrol station where I was able to fill the rental car up at a relatively good price. Because we were staying with my wife's sister we also made a couple of major shops there, including good deals on wine and Grolsch beer from the Netherlands, as well as the necessary ingrediants for my Ploughman's Lunches (as shown in the photo)!

    What to buy: Typical prices for items were :

    Block of Mature Cheddar Cheese - 1.39 GBP (US$2.43)
    Bottle Pickled Onions in Malt Vinegar - 1.05 GBP (US$1.84)
    Small Bottle of Hot Mango Chutney - 0.99 GBP
    750 ml bottle Australian Banrock Cabernet Shiraz - 3.99 GBP (US$7)
    Container of Cottage Cheese - 0.53 GBP
    Pack of 6 Eggs - 0.89 GBP (US$1.56)
    Package of Ryvita Crackers - 1.29 GBP
    0.65 kg of loose Carrots - 0.35 GBP
    0.49 kg of Broccoli - 0.67 GBP
    0.67 kg of loose Parsnips - 0.98 GBP
    Vine Tomatoes - 1.69 GBP (US$2.96)

    Grolsch beer, cheddar, tomato, pickled onion, etc.
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Truro Local Customs

  • September – Cornwall Food & Drink...

    The Truro Cornwall Food and Drink Festival, the annual celebration of Cornish food and drink, now in its 8th year took place from Friday September 23 through to Sunday September 25. The festival includes artisan bakers, chocolate makers, dairy farmers who produce all that delicious ice cream and clotted cream, expert fishmongers, in fact everything...

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  • Shopping Sprees

    Guess they must have long shopping sprees here judging by this sculpture!Some bright spark has added this message, "wake me when my wife has finished shopping at Vages". Must be a big department store!

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  • History of Truro

    There has been a town here since the 12th century when Richard Lucy, Chief Justice of England in the reign of Henry II, built a castle at the top of what is now Castle Street. Remains of the castle were found during excavations for the cattle market that was held there until recent years. It is now the site of the Courts of Justice, the County...

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  • Truro is Located HERE

    When you have driven this far in England, you don't have to drive very much further to reach the Ocean! Truro (the 'black' dot in the map) is centrally located in Cornwall, being only about 9-10 miles from either the north coast or the south coast and, if you keep on heading west for another 30 miles (50 km), you will find yourself at Land's End,...

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  • Cornish Cyder Farm

    We went for a look round the Cornish Cyder Farm at Penhallow, Truro.You can either pay for a guided tour and a tractor ride through 100 acres of farmland and 20 acres of orchard or you can take a free walk around the farm buildings and animals.The walk takes you through some of the buildings where the cider is produced and bottled and can actually...

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