Truro is a small cathedral city (population 22,000) in the Duchy of Cornwall, of which it is the administrative capital.
The Cornish will insist this is a city. Anyone from outside of Cornwall will have visions of a built-up centre with a large conurbation and a good public transport system: don't. Truro is a practical city once you are in, and residents of other Cornish towns will often visit to shop with more variety.
However unless you're staying within walking distance of the centre, expect to drive in or have to plan a journey. There is a very small 'inner-city' area surrounding the centre. Even the most immediate 'suburbs' are small villages that have nothing but a few miles of field and a winding road separating them from the centre.
Trains from London Paddington, Plymouth and Bristol. The station is a mile downhill of the station.
Truro is at the junction of the A39 and A390 arterial roads, some 14 mi north of Falmouth.
Coaches from various parts of the UK call at Truro; you may have to change at Plymouth, via a seriously grotty and unwelcoming bus station. Buses from Truro go to numerous Cornish towns and villages but can be infrequent. Most services end at the bus starion at Lemon Quay. However, for some unfathomable reason, the information office here is often closed.
Most attractions are within walking distance. However, there are buses in Lemon Quay. Check timetables, as service can be patchy.
- Truro Cathedral, . built 1880-1910 edit
- Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, . open Mo-Sa 10am-5pm, last admission 4.30pm. includes the Courtney Library and exhibitions devoted to the history, culture and geography of Cornwall. edit
- High Tea at Charlotte's. In a Victorian building on Boscowen Street in Truro, Charlotte's, on the second floor, is a step back in time. The tea is Cornish-grown as well! edit
- Attend a performance at The Hall for Cornwall, . a wide variety of music, theatre, and dance productions rotate through the Hall for Cornwall continually and is a regular stop for National Theatre productions. In cental Truro, the signs are easy to spot. edit
- Watch a film at The Plaza, . Courtesy of WTW Cinemas, opened in 1938 and now with four screens. edit
- Take the river ferry down to Falmouth. calling in at Trelissick (NT garden) en route - if you are lucky, you might see seals on your way downstream. edit
- Try the River Walk to Tresillian. take the Malpas Road (just before Radio Cornwall on the A39 roundabout) and walk along the river's edge for several miles. Stop for a drink at The Heron in Malpas, and look over the river to the heronry on the far bank. Then, continue past cottages and fields until the path reaches the main road near the peaceful hamlet of St Clement. Continue through Tresillian to The Wheel Inn, just before Tresillian Bridge, the site of one of the last battles of the British Civil Wars. Finally, catch the bus back to Truro. edit
There is a good number of shops, including a rather large Marks and Spencers.
There are two covered markets. One leads off the Piazza with several small traditional stalls. The other leads off Lemon St (near the cinema): the little shops here would appeal more to the eco/organic minded, with a pleasant coffee shop and art gallery upstairs, where you can usually find a seat.
On Saturday mornings, a great farmers' market on the piazza has good local produce, including delicious Cornish ducks, cheeses, bread, rose veal and plants to take home. Wednesday's market, in the same place, is smaller.
- Cornish pasty: bakeries include W.C. Rowe's on Victoria Square and Lemon Quay, Oggy Oggy on River Street, and Warrens (several locations). W.C. Rowes is most popular.
- Saffron buns. Delicious sweet fruit buns flavoured with saffron, from the bakers above. Also "tea treats" (bigger than a bun) and saffron cake, like a fruit loaf, to be sliced, and sometimes toasted and buttered.
- The Old Ale House. Just on the corner by the bus station, it is a great place to go for traditional ales and a quick game of pool. edit
- The City Inn. Traditional pub under the viaduct on Pydar Street. edit
- The Rising Sun. A recently refurbished pub on Mitchell Hill. edit
- William IV. A nice gastropub in the centre of Truro, which serves good food and fine ale, considered among the best pubs in town. edit
- The Wig and Pen. Spacious Pub situated near to Victoria Square, often open later at the weekends. edit
- Try Dowr. No real deviation from the Wetherspoon formula; cheap and cheerful, with no shortage of cheer, open early and late. edit
- Bunters Bar. A sports bar that shows the football and can get pretty lively at weekends, worth a visit. edit
- The A390 trunk road leads into St Austell
- First Devon & Cornwall number 14 and 18 buses run up to every 15 min (this is very good for anywhere in Cornwall, even central Truro); destinations include Truro Railway Station, Camborne, and Redruth: the bus can be caught at the bus station on Lemon Quay.
- Truro eailway station is a short but hilly walk from the centre. Trains run hourly between Penzance and Plymouth, with services to/from London every 2 h.