Truro (Cornish: Truru) is a small cathedral city (population 22,000) in the Duchy of Cornwall, of which it is the administrative capital.
Queen Victoria designated Truro a city in 1876, but it is the size of a small town.
By trainTrains go to Truro station from London Paddington → Plymouth → Truro.
By carTruro is at the junction of the A39 and A390 arterial roads, some 14 miles north of Falmouth.
By busCoaches 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.
phone: +44 1872 276782address: 14 St Mary's St, TR1 2AFCompleted in 1910. There is a disabled ramp at the entrance and a disabled restroom near the restaurant.
phone: +44 1872 272205address: River Street, TR1 2SJIncludes the Courtney Library and exhibitions devoted to the history, culture and geography of Cornwall. Wheelchair accessible toilets and nappy changing facilities available
phone: +44 1872 274766address: St. George's Road, TR1 1EACreated to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, Victoria Gardens is filled with exotic trees, shrubs & flowers.
phone: +44 1872 862090address: Feock, TR3 6QLGarden under the care of The National Trust.
phone: +44 1872 262466address: Back Quay, TR1 2LLA 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.
phone: +44 1872 272894address: Lemon Street, TR1 2PNCourtesy of WTW Cinemas, opened in 1938 and now with four screens.
Take a river trip to FalmouthEnjoy the sights of the river Fal
There is a good number of shops, including a rather large Marks and Spencer's.
phone: +44 1872 271511address: Lemon Quay, TR1 2LW
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.
phone: +44 1872 275578address: Lemon Street Market, Lemon St, TR1 2QD
Charlotte's Teahousephone: +44 1872 263706address: 1 Boscawen Street, TR1 2QUThis old fashioned tea room offers cream teas, sandwiches, cakes, savouries. The tea is grown in Cornwall.
- 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.
phone: +44 1872 262110address: 85 Kenwyn St,
phone: +44 1872 271122address: 7 Quay Street, TR1 2HDThe old ale house, is a great place to go for traditional ales and a quick game of pool.
The City Innphone: +44 1872 272623address: Pydar St, TR1 3SPTraditional pub under the viaduct on Pydar Street.
phone: +44 1872 240003address: Mitchell Hill, TR1 1EDA refurbished pub on Mitchell Hill.
phone: +44 1872 273334address: Kenwyn St, TR1 3DJA nice gastropub in the centre of Truro, which serves good food and fine ale, considered among the best pubs in town.
phone: +44 1872 273028address: 1 Frances St, TR1 3DPSpacious pub situated near Victoria Square, often open later at the weekends.
phone: +44 1872 265840address: Lemon Quay, TR1 2LWNo real deviation from the Wetherspoon formula; cheap and cheerful, with no shortage of cheer, open early and late.
phone: +44 1872 241220address: 58 Little Castle St, TR1 3DLA sports bar that shows the football and can get pretty lively at weekends, worth a visit.
phone: +44 1872 270345address: 82 Lemon St, TR1 2QB
phone: +44 1872 273972address: Highertown
phone: +44 1872 276633address: Tregolls Rd
phone: +44 871 527 9106address: Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Downs
- The A390 trunk road leads into St Austell
- First Devon & Cornwall number 14 & 18 buses 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.