Ten Interesting Facts About Truro
November 26th, 2021
If you’re looking for a stop on your Cornish holiday that is rich in local culture and history, then look no further than the city of Truro in the centre of Cornwall.
With its cobbled streets and narrow alleyways, Truro offers a range of experiences for shopping, learning about history and eating!
To celebrate this great city and all it has to offer, we’ve made a list of our top most interesting facts about Truro.
1. Truro is the only city in Cornwall
When someone says the word city, it conjures up images of places like London or New York – great and expansive urban jungles complete with skyscrapers and all night traffic. But that’s not always the case.
Despite having a population of 568,210 and an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi), Cornwall only has only one city, Truro, which is famous for its ancient cobbled streets and Gothic and Georgian architecture. It gained its city status in 1877, three years before the building of the Truro Cathedral was started.
2. Truro is named after its three rivers
It’s been said that the name “Truro” is actually derived from the Cornish term “Tri-veru”, meaning three rivers. There are, in fact, three rivers that run through Truro: the Kenwyn, the Allen and the Truro River, which joins the River Fal further downstream.
Another theory suggests the name Truro is derived from the term “Tre-uro”, which means “settlement on the River Uro”.
3. There is a direct train from Truro to London Paddington
Now there’s even more reason to choose Cornwall as your next staycation destination!
The journey can take anywhere between four and a half to six and half hours and offers passengers a marvellous scenic route along the South Devon coastline. The train also stops in Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Reading.
4. Truro Cathedral is one of only three cathedrals to have three spires
It’s very uncommon for a cathedral to have three spires, and there are only three in all of the UK that do. These are:
- Lichfield Cathedral – a medieval cathedral dating back to the 13th and early 14th century.
- St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral – a Gothic revival style Cathedral built in Edinburgh in the late 19th century.
- Truro Cathedral – another Gothic revival style Cathedral that was completed in 1910.
5. Roger Taylor grew up in Truro
While he was actually born in Norfolk in 1949, Roger Taylor, drummer for the legendary rock band Queen, actually grew up in Truro.
While he was there, Taylor actually formed his first band at the age of seven with a group of school friends. They were called the Bubblingover Boys, and Roger Taylor played the ukulele. At 15, he became a member of the Reaction, a semi-professional rock band formed mostly of boys from Truro School, which Taylor also attended.
6. Truro was built from the tin and copper industry
Truro was able to rise in prosperity and reach city status thanks to the tin and copper trade. During the 14th century, a port in Truro was established so that metals mined in the surrounding areas of Cornwall could be exported overseas. Truro soon became the central hub in Cornwall and beyond for trading in tin but also slate, copper, cloth and grain.
7. Truro is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
We all know that Cornwall is a stunning place full of rolling fields and coastlines, perfect for a postcard, but did you know that Truro and its 220 acres of land has actually been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?
As well as being home to a wide variety of natural plants and wildlife, there are also a number of astounding gardens near Truro, including Tregothnan and Trelissick Gardens.
8. There is more than one Truro in the world
Like plenty of other towns or cities in the UK, Truro also has a couple of international counterparts. There is the town of Truro in Massachusetts, USA and the town of Truro in Nova Scotia, Canada.
9. Every year Truro hosts ‘The City of Lights’
This event is one of the biggest to take place in Truro all year! It begins with the initial switching on of Truro’s Christmas lights and then continues into a lantern parade.
The parade takes place every year, and each time the lanterns tell a different story full of music and dance. School, community groups and local artists all come together to entertain crowds of over 30,000 spectators along the route.
10. The population of Truro is only 20,000
For a city, the population of Truro is rather low at only 20,920 as of 2021, which is even lower than that of Truro’s nearest town, Falmouth, which has a population of approximately 22,000.
The vast majority of the population is made up of over 60s, as the city makes for a great retirement spot. However, in recent years, there has been an influx of business and young entrepreneurs that have moved to the area.
We hope this list of interesting facts inspires you to make Truro one of the prime stops for your next Cornish holiday. If you’re looking for places to stay, our luxury holiday village in Cornwall near Truro is an ideal choice!
Why Cornwall in January is a Special Time to Visit
December 13th, 2018
As the frost covers the moors in a sparkling blanket and the winter sun lights up the beaches, you may think Cornwall in January is even better than in the summer months. And with so few holiday makers there, it will feel as if you have the whole county to yourself when staying at our luxury cottages in Cornwall.
After the busy Christmas and New Year period, a winter break in January with your loved ones is just what you need to leave the stresses behind. Especially when relaxing in a hot tub with a glass of wine in hand!
Come to Cornwall in January and enjoy:
The Beaches to Yourself
Wrap up warm and walk along the deserted beaches as the waves roll in. With the seasonal dog bans lifted, your dog is free to run about as they please. More often than not, you won’t see another soul the whole day! Take the chance to snap up some great pictures of the gorgeous seaside scenery while the sand is packed with surfers and sunbathers! With so many beaches in Cornwall, there are plenty of spots to head to walk off your Christmas indulgences.
Deliciously Warming Foods in Local Pubs
Warm up from the winter chills with a mug of hot chocolate at a local café or a pint in the local pub by a roaring fire and fill your belly with delicious hearty food after a trek through the frosty moors. Cornwall has plenty of great choices for food enthusiasts, with many restaurants and cafes making the most of delicious locally sourced produce.
Plenty of Exciting Indoor Activities
Being January in Britain, we certainly cannot promise rain-free and sunny days, so the likelihood is there may be a day or two on your holiday that you have to head indoors. Cornwall has many fantastic artistic centres to visit, such as the Falmouth National Maritime Museum, where you can stay warm and dry. Many of Cornwall’s historical locations can also provide some shelter, with most remaining open all year round. Learn about Cornwall’s rich history as you visit the medieval castles, Victorian mansion and a range of mines.
Walks in Nature
Pop on a hat and scarf and go walking through Cornwall’s woodlands and country trails. The whole family will love following nature trails and looking out for the bright red breast of robins. As the month goes on watch in wonder as nature starts to wake up from its winter sleep – you might even see snowdrops starting to emerge!
Quaint Villages While They Are Quiet
Explore the atmospheric fishing villages along the coastline, relax and do a spot of shopping in the January sales. The boutique and independent shops in the quaint little villages are great ways to while away a lazy afternoon. The narrower streets will be less busy at this time of year, allowing you to see the sites at your own pace.
Will you be joining us in Cornwall this January? Let us know what you’re most looking forward to about this special time of year!
Vote for Cornwall in the British Travel Awards today!
July 09th, 2015
It’s that time of the year again and Cornwall needs you! Why not cast your votes for the companies and attractions you think are worthy of a British Travel Award and put yourself in the hat to win a great holiday prize?
Not just good, but ‘Excellent’ – tests report on bathing water in North Cornwall
November 13th, 2014
As if you need any more reason to visit the region while you enjoy our luxury Cornwall self-catering accommodation, it has been confirmed that the bathing water at all of North Cornwall’s beaches has been tested and registered in a class that typifies our popular tourist destination – excellent.