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Truro is Cornwall’s only city! Steeped in history, Truro boasts stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, an eclectic shopping scene as well as a range of galleries, bars, restaurants and clubs. You’ll find something fun to do whether you’re visiting with kids, on a romantic getaway or flying solo.
There is never a shortage of fun things to do and see in Cornwall’s only city. If you’re remotely into art, you’re in luck as there are several galleries and studios nestled across the city. In its sixteenth year, Lemon Street Gallery is one of the best contemporary galleries in the county and offers an extensive range of exhibitions throughout the year.
You’d be hard pressed to miss Truro Cathedral while exploring the town, it’s soaring spires are usually in sight wherever you are (fun fact: it’s one of only three cathedrals in the UK with three spires).
Got a craving for the past? Head to the Royal Cornwall Museum and delve into Cornish history through a diverse range of exhibitions and displays.
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Culture vultures should check out the Hall for Cornwall which runs an impressive range of listings throughout the year, from shows to comedy, music to ballet, it’s worth checking out what’s on while you’re down. Speaking of which, the city too has a great range of events on throughout the year.
Green space in Truro
It might be a city, but that doesn’t mean nature is far away. Victoria Gardens is a typical late 19th Century style garden and just a short walk from the city centre. It was originally created to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and today boasts a fantastic range of exotic trees, shrubs and flowers. In the summer concerts are held at the bandstand each Sunday afternoon and just behind the gardens you’ll find Hendra play area for children.
Alternatively, Bosvigo Gardens is a 15 minute walk out of town and open to the public from March through to September on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a small admission fee.
Places to eat and drink
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes for great places to eat and drink in Truro. Manning’s Restaurant recently received a very favourable review from the very discerning food reviewer Jay Rayner. It’s a great place to go with a group, as the menu is extensive and should cater to most tastes.
If you’ve got burgers on your mind head to Hubbox, which recently grew out of its converted shipping contained pop-up restaurant and now resides in a 19th Century Grade II Listed Wesleyan chapel! Yak and Yeti serves authentic – not to mention delicious - Nepalese and Indian food. For a fun take on tapas head to The Old Grammar School. The nachos are among the best I’ve ever had and the cocktails are pretty spot on too.
Best shopping spots
Shopping in Truro is a real treat – there’s a great mix of high street staples and quirky independents. Whether you’ve got lots of presents to stock up on or want to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, it’s one of the best places to head for shopping in Cornwall.
Magpie & Fox is a gorgeous new womenswear boutique inspired by the wonderful shopping in Bordeaux. Bookworms should check out Just Books, this small shop is stuffed full of second-hand, antiquarian, out of print and collectable books. A farmers market is held each Wednesday and Saturday in Lemon Quay. It’s the place to be if you’re after fresh local produce, great coffee and arts and crafts.
The arty hustle and bustle of Falmouth is only 11 miles away. You could even get there via a boat ride and take in the stunning scenery along the River Fal.
Cider drinkers may like to swing by Healey’s Cyder Farm which is only six miles out of the city. The award-winning cider producer runs guided tours and operates a delicious restaurant too. Perhaps tea is more your, er, cup of tea. If so, head to Tregothnan which is only 7.5 miles out of Truro. The UK’s first Tea Plantation, it began supplying the UK’s first and only tea in 2005.
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