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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'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.

Get in

Trains from London Paddington - Plymouth - Truro.

Truro is at the junction of the A39 and A390 arterial roads, some 14 miles north of Falmouth.

Get around



  • 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.


Good number of shops including a rather large Marks and Spencers.

Lander gallery art gallery


  • Pippa's - Steakhouse, fantastic food at reasonable prices, child friendly and lovely atmosphere [1]
  • 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.


  • Old Ale House (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.


Go next

  • 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.
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