Ten Interesting Facts About Truro

April 17th, 2020

As the only city in Cornwall, Truro is well worth a visit. Charming and full of local culture, the city has a rich history that can be seen in the wonderful buildings and narrow lanes.


Here you’ll find an assortment of unique shopping experiences, as well as your favourite high street stores, and a range of delicious eateries. 


To learn more about our fantastic city, we are sharing a handful of interesting facts about Truro, which are sure to make you want to visit!


It is Named After its Rivers

The name Truro is said to have derived from the Cornish “term “Tr”-veru”, meaning three rivers. Three rivers can be found in Truro: the Kenwyn, the Allen and the Truro. The river Truro eventually becomes the River Fal. Another theory suggests that it derives from “Tre-uro”, meaning settlement on the River Uro.


Truro Was Once Home to a Mint

The city once had its own mint, established in the 1640s by royalists to pay the troops. A silver crown minted in Truro can now be worth as much as £1400, so check your spare change pot!


It Features a Modern Cathedral

Truro’s cathedral is one of the newest in Britain, completed in 1910. It is one of only three cathedrals in the country to feature three spires. The cathedral in Truro took thirty years to build. Truro was deemed a city thirty-three years before the cathedral was even built!


It is a Small City

Truro is one of the UK’s smallest cities, with a population of less than 20,000 in the 2011 census.


It is Close to Nature

Truro is home to more than 220 acres of land declared to be part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can find some beautiful gardens both in and near Truro, including Tregothnan and Trelissick Gardens.


It Has International Namesakes

Two other towns across the world have been named after Truro: Truro in Massachusetts, USA and Truro in Nova Scotia, Canada.


The City Features Some Incredible Historical Architecture

The city is famous for its impressive range of stunning architecture, featuring Gothic and Georgian styles, located down the ancient, cobbled and narrow streets of Truro. The oldest church in the city is the Kenwyn Parish Church in the northern outskirts of the city, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.


The City of Lights is One of the City’s Biggest Events

One of the city’s stand-out annual events is the City of Lights. This event takes place every winter, where a procession of paper lanterns light up the streets of the entire city.


There is Plenty of Cornish Heritage

The Royal Cornwall Museum can be found in Truro, displaying many important artefacts from Cornish history, including the Arthur Stone.


The Tin Industry Helped Truro Grow Into a City

As with the rest of Cornwall in the past, Truro was greatly boosted by the tin mining industry. While other areas mined the tin and copper, Truro became the main port in Cornwall for exporting the metals overseas from the surrounding mining towns.


This port was established during the 14th century and quickly turned the (then) town into the central hub for trading in Cornwall. As well as tin and copper, Truro saw slate, cloth and grain traded in its ports.


How many of these facts did you know, and are there any more facts about Truro that you can think of? Let us know via our social media channels!


Our Truro holiday cottages are located a short drive from the city in a secluded and tranquil area full of nature, allowing you to experience both the bustle of city life and the beautiful natural wonders of Cornwall with ease!