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About Truro

The city has one of the best shopping centres in the southwest with numerous high street names together with many little specialist and craft shops.

In years gone by the river has always played an important part but now it is largely silted up and used for small boats.  There lovely boat trips available from the town quay which follow the river down to Falmouth taking in exceptional views of little creeks and hamlets.  The trip allows you to enjoy Falmouth, perhaps a visit to the Maritime Centre before the return journey, a very enjoyable day out.

The centre of Truro is dominated by a magnificent three spired cathedral which attracts many thousands of visitors each year.

The city is situated more or less in the centre of the county  with excellent road/rail links, a good base for touring or the business community alike.

Considering the importance of the city to the county there is very little accommodation in Truro, most of this is located in the surrounding coastal resorts.

Much of the city dates from the Georgian era and there are still fine examples of architecture to be found in the cobbled streets.  Lemon Quay in particular is considered to be the finest example west of Bath.

The site that is now Truro has been occupied for thousands of years but it was not until mineral extractions in medieval times that the settlement began to expand into a place of importance.

In 1305 Truro became a Stanary Town and it was the centre for the distribution of large quantities of tin and other metals.

The river around Truro began to silt up and Falmouth gained the advantage of being the main sea-going port.

It was in the 18th century with the onset of increased prices for minerals that began Truro's revival.  To emphasise this the railway arrived in 1859 and in 1877 Truro became a city in its own right with Cornwall being granted its own bishop.

In 1880 the foundation stone for the cathedral was laid, the first Anglican cathedral to be built on a new site since Salisbury Cathedral in 1220.  The construction took 30 years, being completed in 1910.  The stained glass windows are considered to be one of the finest collection in England.  The cathedral has 3 organs, the one in St Mary's Aisle dating from 1750.

Also found in the city is the Royal Cornwall Museum, this explores the history of Cornwall from the stone age to the present day, as well as the art collection displaying work by Constable, Lowry and Newlyn School aritists.

The shopping centre is an extremely busy place and is designed to be pedestrian friendly.  Numerous little shops down narrow alleyways with the odd tea room offering friendly service and tasty morsels to tempt the appetite.  Of course, there are your usual restaurants and pubs scattered around the city.

Unlike many places in Cornwall, Truro has good parking facilities with easy pedestrian access into the centre.

Along with the elegantly planned streets there are Victoria Gardens beside the River Kenwyn, this is 400 acres of gardens/woodlands right in the centre, the river even has its own tidal bore when conditions are favourable, a pleasant place to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Truro's theatre is the Hall for Cornwall, situated on Back Quay, it is in the heart of the centre and offers a very wide range of live shows.