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're in, and residents of other Cornish Towns will often visit to shop with more variety. But, unless you're staying within walking distance of the centre, expect to either 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. It is best known for being the place where explorer Richard Lemon Lander was born.
Trains from London Paddington - Plymouth - Truro.
Truro is at the junction of the A39 and A390 arterial roads, some 14 miles 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 station 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.
- 1 Truro Cathedral (The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro), 14 St Mary's St, TR1 2AF, ☎ . Mon-Sat: 7:30am-5:00pm, Sun: noon-4:00pm, Bank Holiday: 9:30am-5:00pm. Only completed in 1910. Free admission, but donations recommended for upkeep.
- 2 Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, TR1 2SJ, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sat: 10:00am-4:45pm, Last admission: 4:00pm, Sun: Closed. Includes the Courtney Library and exhibitions devoted to the history, culture and geography of Cornwall. Adult: £4.50 for a day pass, Child (under 16): Free.
- Victoria Gardens.
- 3 Trelissick Garden, Feock, TR3 6QL (south of Truro), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Garden under the care of The National Trust.
- Have High Tea at Charlotte's - In a Victorian building on the main shopping square in Truro, Charlotte's, on the second floor, is a step back in time. The tea is Cornish grown as well.
- Attend a performance at The Hall for Cornwall. A wide variety of music, theatre, and dance productions rotate through the Hall for Cornwall continually. Its a regular stop for National Theatre productions. In downtown Truro, the signs are easy to spot.
- Watch a film at The Plaza. Courtesy of WTW Cinemas, opened in 1938 and now with four screens
- Take a river trip to Falmouth. Enjoy the sights of the river Fal
There is a good number of shops, including a rather large Marks and Spencer's.
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.
The Lander Gallery is recommended for those wishing to purchase Cornish artwork, both old and new.
- Lander Gallery, Lemon Street Market, Lemon St, TR1 2QD, ☎ . Mon-Sat: 9:00am-5:30pm, Sun: Closed.
- Cornish pasty: Bakeries include W.C. Rowe's on Victoria Square and Lemon Quay, Oggy Oggy on River Street, and Warrens on New Bridge Street and the cathedral square. All the pasty shops do a variety of different pasties, the traditional beef and vegetarian pasties and for the more adventurous there are the more unusual fillings to try. Particularly recommended to try are W.C. Rowes.
- 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.
- 1 Old Ale House, 7 Quay Street, TR1 2HD (just on the corner by the bus station), ☎ . The old ale house, is a great place to go for traditional ales and a quick game of pool.
- 2 The City Inn, Pydar St, TR1 3SP, ☎ . Traditional pub under the viaduct on Pydar Street.
- The Rising Sun, Mitchell Hill, TR1 1ED, ☎ . A recently refurbished pub on Mitchell Hill.
- 3 William IV, Kenwyn St, TR1 3DJ, ☎ . A nice gastropub in the centre of Truro, which serves good food and fine ale, considered among the best pubs in town.
- 4 The Wig and Pen, 1 Frances St, TR1 3DP, ☎ . Spacious Pub situated near to Victoria Square, often open later at the weekends.
- 5 Try Dowr, Lemon Quay, TR1 2LW, ☎ . No real deviation from the Wetherspoon formula; cheap and cheerful, with no shortage of cheer, open early and late.
- 6 Bunters Bar, 58 Little Castle St, TR1 3DL, ☎ . A sports bar that shows the football and can get pretty lively at weekends, worth a visit.
- The A390 trunk road leads into St Austell
- First Devon & Cornwall number 14 & 18 busses run up to every fifteen minutes (this is very good for anywhere in Cornwall, even central Truro); destinations include Truro Railway Station, Camborne, and Redruth, and can be caught at the bus station on Lemon Quay or Victoria Square.
- Truro Railway Station is a short but uphill walk from the centre. InterCity trains are frequently run to Penzance and Plymouth, and less frequently to London and the Midlands. There is a half-hourly service to Falmouth all day and hourly into the evening; a single journey takes half an hour and the return fare is £4 per adult. It is quite busy in the peaks, with traffic mostly living in Falmouth and commuting to Truro. Visitors will find Falmouth Town station the most convenient of the three in Falmouth (Penmere, Falmouth Town and Falmouth Docks); Penmere is a commuter stop at the back of the town on a steep hill and Falmouth Docks is beyond the town centre, though convenient for Pendennis Castle.