The Ultimate Guide to Truro

Truro, Cornwall’s only city, is a vibrant hub of activity, with a range of stunning sights to see and adventures to be had.

  • The perfect blend of riverside views, tranquil green spaces and bustling city life.
  • A rich heritage, with historical sites, buildings and streets to explore.
  • Various nearby beaches, including some of the county’s best-loved spots.
  • A diverse range of independent shops with wares made in Cornwall.
  • A fantastic selection of unique places to eat, each showcasing the best local produce.

Where is Truro?

The UK’s most southerly city lies in mid-Cornwall, blossoming out from the Truro River. Some believe that the name Truro is derived from the Cornish word ‘tri-veru’, which means three rivers, referring to the Kenwyn, the Allen and the Truro River (which joins the River Fal), which all run through the city.

Due to this location, Truro thrived as a trading port for many years, with evidence of a prosperous heritage lining the historic streets.

Truro is just a 15-minute drive from us at The Valley. The cathedral city is also within close range of other Cornish hot spots, being a 30-minute drive to Falmouth, Redruth and St Austell respectively.

Is Truro Worth Visiting?

If you’re venturing down to Cornwall for a holiday or even a short weekend break, Truro should certainly make your itinerary! The bustling centre is full of quirky independent shops, and there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy, whether you’re into the arts, local heritage, outdoor activities, great food or all of the above.

Truro cathedral interior, showing stain glass window

Things to Do in Truro

With riverside views, memorable architecture and a network of enchanting streets hiding in the shadow of the iconic Gothic Revival cathedral, there is no better backdrop to enjoy a range of local experiences.

Here are some of the must-visit spots and best things to do in the city or within 10 miles of the centre:

  • The Royal Cornwall Museum: A treasure trove of intriguing objects from Cornwall and around the world to engage history lovers.
  • The Hall of Cornwall: Cornwall’s largest theatre showcasing a range of acts, including shows, music performances, comedy nights and more.
  • Truro Walking Tours: Guided tours to learn about the city’s history and discover its best spots.
  • Truro Cathedral: A chance to see one of Truro’s most iconic landmarks up close.
  • Lemon Street Market: A bustling hub of eclectic shops
  • Lemon Street Gallery: One of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries, featuring a range of artists.
  • Sailing Tours: A tour from Truro along the River Fal to experience the best views and learn more about the area.
  • Trelissick House & Gardens: A stunning National Trust property with more than 30 acres of garden and panoramic views to enjoy.
  • Trewithen Gardens: A historic estate including house and gardens that has been in the same family since 1715.
  • Tregothnan: The only tea plantation in England, including tours of the gardens and tea-tasting experiences.
  • Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm: A traditional cider brewery with tours as well as a farm with animals that children can pet.
  • Llama Land: A 140-acre farm that’s home to llamas you can take on walks across the surrounding hills.
  • Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve: A former mine that’s now home to a range of plants and wildlife, with various paths for walking and cycling.

If you’ve got a four-legged friend in tow, check out our guide to days out with dogs in Truro for all the best dog-friendly attractions.

Beaches Near Truro

Like with most places in Cornwall, when visiting Truro you’re never too far from a beach or two. With sandy shores, some of the best views around, and heaps of ice cream, you’ll definitely want to make a trip to some of these stunning Truro-adjacent spots.

Some of the closest beaches to Truro include:

  • Perranporth Beach
  • Porthtowan Beach
  • Trevaunance Cove Beach
  • Gyllyngvase Beach
  • Chapel Porth Beach
  • Swanpool Beach
  • Crantock Beach
  • Carne Beach
  • Maenporth Beach
  • Porthcurnick Beach
  • Portreath Beach

Most of these spots are within a 30-minute drive of Truro.

Among these beaches, you’ll find family-friendly havens, great surf spots and secluded coves, perfect for spending the day in the sun and sea air.

To find out more about the beaches surrounding Truro and a little further afield, check out our guide.

The best beaches near Truro

Places to Eat in Truro

After a day full of exploration and adventure, you’ll want to sit back and recharge. Luckily, there are a plethora of fantastic cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs dotted around Truro, serving everything from classic Cornish pasties and afternoon teas to fine dining. Cornwall is also particularly known for its fish dishes made with local catches, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice in Truro.

Here are just a few popular foodie spots in Truro you might want to stop by when taking in all the delicious options offered by the city:

  • Hooked!: Seasonal and locally sourced produce for a diverse menu.
  • Sole Plaice: Quality fish and chips in the heart of the city.
  • The Rising Sun: An award-winning gastropub with elevated pub classics.
  • The Longstore: A stylish restaurant on Lemon Street, specialising in grills and Cornish tea food.
  • Tabb’s Restaurant: Fine dining with a focus on modern European cuisine.
  • Piero’s Pizzeria: A beloved Italian restaurant that serves various authentic dishes and oven-cooked pizza.
  • Kathmandu Palace: A Nepalese restaurant right by the Truro Cathedral.
  • Sam’s in the City: A well-loved Cornish chain with a mixed menu.
  • The Cornish Vegan: Delicious vegan food in a cosy cafe setting.
  • Bread & Butter: A cafe famed for its American pancakes and other treats.
  • Coffee Traders: A classic Cornish cafe ideal for breakfasts, light lunches and tea or coffee.

If you want to stray from the bustle of the city centre for a while, our on-site restaurant, Hart of the Valley, is ideal, offering a memorable taste of Cornwall for the whole family.

With several eclectic menus, there’s something for everyone throughout the week, whether you want to join us for pizza night, street food, the classic menu or a special themed menu. For more information and to see when we’re open, head over to our Hart of the Valley restaurant overview.

Where to Stay in Truro

If you’re still seeking the right accommodation for your Cornish break, look no further than The Valley!

Our luxury holiday park in Cornwall provides a stunning getaway to set the perfect scene for all your Truro-based adventures. Located in Carnon Downs, we’re hidden away amongst woodland in the Cornish countryside while still having quick, easy access to Truro, giving you the best of both worlds.

Alongside our cottages, we have a range of leisure facilities, including swimming pools, private hot tubs, tennis courts, games room and woodland walks.

After a day traversing the city or its surrounding areas, there’s no better place to come back to and enjoy some quality relaxation time.

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