Travelling inland up the Fal Estuary to the head of the Truro River, the city of Truro is a port of both historical and present day significance.

The cathedral city is a pleasant mix of historical buildings and modern architecture and is where you will find the Royal Cornwall Museum and the Hall for Cornwall theatre.

The city of Truro was founded on wealth brought by the early tin trade in the 13th century. By the 18th century Truro was the social centre of Cornwall. Fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture can be seen throughout the city.

Truro is acknowledged as the shopping capital of Cornwall with major national retailers and small specialist shops to be found along Georgian streets and bustling passages.

Truro’s cobbled streets buzz with buskers and performers, providing a colourful backdrop for visitors and shoppers. The city offers a wealth of entertainment catering for every taste from The Hall for Cornwall theatre to Truro Cathedral with its concerts and recitals, a multi-screen cinema, live music venues, nightclubs and a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars and caf├ęs. A visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum and Gallery will reveal the county’s social and cultural past. The city also hosts a number of art galleries, some with national recognition.

Lemon Quay, the new events area, has a varied programme of activities throughout the year – from live music and fetes to local farmers’ markets and Made in Cornwall craft & produce fairs, showcasing the very best that Cornwall has to offer.

Visit Truro in spring or summer to enjoy the striking floral displays, or in winter for the famous City of Lights Parade and the Winter Festival.

Enterprise Boats run regular services from St Mawes to Truro, stopping at Trelissick Gardens and Malpas on the way, from May to September. Enjoy a scenic trip on the River Fal first thing in the morning, and relax and unwind on your return trip!

For more information visit Truro Tourist information.

  • Truro Cathedral at night; looking along River Fal; Cornwall
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