Truro Cathedral peeps through lush foilage
The Hall for Cornwall
Market stalls on Lemon Quay
WHEN TO GO
Truro is a year-round destination, but choose your days carefully if you want to ensure you don’t miss out on the market that you fancy.
A summer visit will mean that the city is vibrant with floral displays, but the glowing shops and welcoming eateries at winter approaches will get you into the festive spirit.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the Enterprise: From Falmouth or St Mawes, this leisurely boat ride along this scenic route is an enjoyable way to arrive in Truro, and you don’t have to worry about parking. Truro does have a Park and Ride scheme, but it only operates between July and September. There are regular bus and train services operate to the city from throughout the county.
WHAT YOU NEED
Get a map of Truro from the Tourist Information Centre, to ensure you do not miss the main sights, though the smaller side streets are not all listed on here.
Truro Country Market: Visit the Hall for Cornwall every Tuesday between 9.15am to 2pm, where you’ll discover everything from bread to biscuits, cheese to chutney, hog’s pudding, sausages, vegetables, venison, yoghurt and lots more. Lemon Street Market: Open Monday to Saturday; take away some fresh fish, scrumptious chutneys and revitalizing juices or sit and watch the world go by over lunch.
Farmers’ market: Visit Lemon Quay every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year, in this open market you will find some of the finest foods available from local
Cornish producers. As well as food there are Cornish crafts, and the odd stall that offers a taste of further afield, like Dutch liquorice.
Truro’s Pannier Market: You can get everything but the kitchen sink here! For an affordable bite to eat try Fodder’s restaurant up steps at the rear of the market.
In store demonstrations: At Artisan Cookshop, Pydar St, every Saturday from October 7 to October 28. Product demonstrations, competitions and promotions. Call 01872 261040 for details.
Wine tasting: At Laymont and Shaw, The Old Chapel, from October 9 to October 13. Call 01872 270545 for details.
PLACES TO VISIT
Truro Cathedral: It took 30 years to build this fantastic building which lies at the heart of Truro. The amazing architecture will take your breath away, and you can’t help but whisper within the walls of this beautiful building, whose sky-reaching spires will ensure that you don’t lose your city bearings.
The Royal Cornwall Museum: This dominant building on River Street has been a Savings Bank and a Mining School in its time. In 1998, a new shop and foyer, educational facilities, workshop space and galleries were
added. There’s plenty to interest all ages here.
The Coinage Hall: Now housing tea rooms, a pizza restaurant, antique centre and jewellers, this building on Boscawen Street is definitely worth a wander around; it’s like visiting your great aunt’s house.
Walsingham Place: A Georgian terrace situated just off Victoria Square, this is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the busy city.
Lemon Street: Oh to live in one of these houses! It is said that these elegant terraces are the finest example of Georgian architecture west of the city of Bath.
Victoria Gardens: Filled with exotic trees, shrubs and flowers. During the summer, concerts are held at the bandstand on Sunday afternoons. Take the riverside route back to the town centre.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Clothes: From high street stores to family-run
business such as Trevails, and charity shops,
there’s plenty to peruse.
Home: Cornish cushions, contemporary
gadgets, kitchen design, lighting, and fabric
mountains; there’s inspiration on every corner.
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