Truro is a small city located in the South West of England, this is the UK's most southern city and the only one in the county of Cornwall. Despite being a city there is only a population of around eighteen thousand people, however this is a popular area for tourism so in the summer months the city can get far busier. Cornwall is one of the most visited counties in the country during the summer months and many of the visitors come to Truro to pay the city a visit. This is a lovely area and there really is plenty to enjoy in the city and in the surrounding area. If you are looking to stay in Truro then there are a few nice hotels to choose from. Some of the more well known ones include The Lugger Hotel, The Whitehouse Luxury Lodge and The Mannings Hotel. These are all pretty well established hotels and have good reputations for reasonable prices, good quality of rooms and friendly service. There are also some smaller bed and breakfasts and guesthouses in the city. You also have the option of going self catering and staying in privately owned holiday homes, there are plenty of these in the area and many are set in some wonderful countryside. Then there is always the option of camping or caravanning, there are plenty of sites in the area and these provide a good cheap alternative. Truro must be one of the countries most beautiful little cities. This is such a lovely quaint place with small cobbled streets, lovely architecture and some exceptional buildings to explore. Places of note include the Royal Cornwall Museum which is well worth a look. The Cathedral dominates the skyline and really is a beautiful building that again is really worth exploring. There is also the Courts of Justice and some other major government buildings. The city has a rich history and culture and this really comes across as you look around the city. There are lots of nice place to eat out in the city. Things ranging from small cafes to large top quality restaurant, there really is plenty of choice here and something to suit every pallet. There are also some nice little pubs that are generally very warm and friendly and have good atmospheres. There are plenty of nice shops and galleries to look around, some good shops aimed at tourists that offer local crafts and other souvenirs. There really is plenty to explore in the town itself and you can easily spend a few hours browsing round the shops. Truro can be a great place to use as a base for exploring Cornwall. These is one of England's most scenic counties, it has a spectacular coastline with impressive beaches and rugged cliffs. There are plenty of quaint little villages and interesting towns to explore. Plus you have the larger resorts such as Newquay, St. Ives and Penzance. Cornwall really does have plenty to offer and as Truro is pretty central this is a great place to stay. If you have never been to Truro it really is well worth a visit.
I used to work in a little village called Perranaworthal about 5 miles from Truro. I would go to Truro for the shopping and to while away my days off. What a fabulous city Truro is. At every turn you will find little hidden alleys and courtyards crammed with craft shops, book shops, taverns and eateries of every hue from seafood to curry, cream teas and tapas bars. Don't expect to watch your waistline here. Potter around the Antiques Market for a while, you will be surprised what you can find, then pop upstairs for a rare treat. Above the Antique market is the unique Charlottes Tea House. You can sit and enjoy your excellent House Tea from fine bone china and served by waitresses in Victorian Uniforms. It's a lovely cosy place perfect for meeting friends. Take a walk through the windy streets around the Cathedral and meander around the distinctive art galleries and chic little boutiques. Typically Cornish it makes no attempt to be like other cities, and neither should it. It is a gem of a city and long may it shine.
Truro is the only major city in Cornwall, and as such is seen as the hub of activity for most things. If you''re living in southern Cornwall and you want to go to a gig or see a film then Truro was the place to go. It has a fairly large town centre, with the catherdral being central to that. Altho it''s not as large as some city centres, but it does have a fair amount going on and has quite a few shops and places to eat. the town is split into two main sections, with the older section blending into the newer builds. over the last few years there has been some welcome redevelopment, with the building of a new bus station and the flagship marks and spencers store for the region. Truro has a lot to offer, with the Hall for Cornwall hosting lots of shows and live gigs. It''s not the big time, but it''s a fun time, and if you''re visiting the area i''d reccomend you''d take a look - it has a lot of hidden gems which are well worth discovering. [Originally posted on www.helphound.com]
It does have to be said- Truro is one of those many places people go to to retire. Its a beautiful and picturesque city, lots of graceful georgian buildings, gardens with bandstands, and river boat trips (at least when the tide's not out, when it can get it bit smelly down by the Fal). There's the three spired cathedral- its only reason for city-dom, as it really is not a big place, and the overall prevalence of homes for the elderly due to which, if you can care for a living, jobs are quite easy to come by in Truro, if not Cornwall as a whole. I first came down here during my a-levels. As a bored teenager, or anyone under 25, I feel it doesn't have a whole lot of possibilities. Ok, so there may be more pubs per square kilometer than anywhere else in the country, but thats just so the inhabitants have something to do while they aren't working as care assistants. It has quaint cobblestoned streets, and since its built on a river, at certain times of the tide it literally flows through the street thanks to a rather clever open drainage system which can be quite amusing. There's only so many times a teenager can watch a holiday maker stumble into a rapidly flowing gutter though, before the novelty and the smugness you can feel for sucessfully avoiding doing the same thing begins to wear off. There is two night clubs- L2, on Callenick Street, which is a chart-playing, mainstream pop playing, 16 year old attracting, beer monster making, ear drum killing trash center. Personally I feel that if that's what you want in a holiday area, you're better off living it up in the so called surf capital of Cornwall- Newquay (although there are better waves at Gwithian, but that's a review I have yet to write!). The other (behind the cathedral) occasionally hosts pole dancers, but most of the time is a gay club, which in comparison is a much better night out as a rule, but without the pound a pint promotion on Mondays that L2 off ers. But there's something about Truro. No matter how often I leave I keep on wanting to come back again. I'm still, 9 years later, not entirely sure why. Its a very unassuming city, but it certainly does seem to grow on you. The Cornish as a whole, whilst at first as a permanent resident, you may have to live through the whole 'Emit! Foreigner! Go back to England where you belong' thing (Cornwall of course being a completely separate country from the rest of the UK, are really happy to have you here once they get to know you (she's a geordie, but she's a really nice geordie, should have been born Cornish etc). The pace of living down here is i n c r e d i b l y slow in comparison to the rest of the country, there's just such a relaxed feel to the whole place. I come back here every few years, whenever I need to wind down from the 'real world'. There's certainly something unreal that happens when you get here. A complete relaxing, forgetting about everything bad that's happened to you while your away, a gradual winding down which you feel the further towards Truro you travel. I've spoken to people from all parts of the country, long term friends who go away for a while back to where they came from, but can't seem to escape from the strange pull that Truro has on them. We all keep on coming back. Maybe its the feeling that Truro, despite being a city, is really just a few shops and houses plunked down into the middle of the countryside. If you go to Sainsburies, up at the top of Station Road, and look over towards County Hall, you can see fields, backed up by heavily wooded area. If you go to Tescos, down by the river, and continue along a very short way into Newham, you can find the entrance to a walk that runs along the old railway track, which is an astoundingly lovely walk in the summer. If you walk up the main street in town, up past New Look and conti nue up that road you can follow the signs that take you to Idless Woods (sometimes known as Bishops Woods as there was supposedly once a monastery there, complete with ghostly monks), full of bluebells, ruins and very random streams in the summer, full of gorgeous mossy walks (and the hopeful, scary feeling of possibly meeting one of the fabled ghosts). Whichever direction you walk in, you don't have to go very far at all beofre you encounter some kind amazing scenery. So even though you're in the middle of a city, you never feel overwhelmed by the coldness and impersonality which some cities can have. There's always such a good feel to it. So it does have the usual high street shops, which you wouldn't find anywhere else in Cornwall, apart from Plymouth (which is actually Devon anyway, unless your determined to stay the right side of the river Tamar and miss out on all the shopping), it has the beauty and mystery (for me at least, being brought up in a city) of the countryside, it has achitectural interest, and a flea market in which you can find loads of things you didn't know you wanted, and which ever direction you go in from Truro, you have a very high probability of ending up at a beach (unless you go east, towards Plymouth). Its full of suprises- you go into a pub for a couple of evenings and suddenly you're considered a local. I strongly feel its good points outweigh its bad points, and I really wouldn't want to view anywhere else as a permanent base. And Alex from fame academy is a Truronian. So it must be really good here, mustn't it? 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I recently went to truro and had an enjoyable time there. The city is not of particularly large dimensions so you can see it all. Truro has a reasmonbly large range of High Street Stores such as Topshop/Topman, Ottakers. There are good parks in Truro including Victoria Park which has a good view of the Railway Viaduct and a Bandstand. There are Hills in Truro and the station in Particular is a the top of a Hill. There are also many fine buildings to see including the City Hall and Fine regency Houses on Lemon Street. Do also go to the Cathedral, The cathedral has less tourists than many others but is still a fine building to see. Truro is at the Confluence of 2 tidal rivers and when the tide is out the river has a horrible mud look about it.
I suppose it's very sad really, but my main ambition in life and ultimate goal is to buy a little house in Cornwall with a fair sized garden and retire there. Until that day arrives (if ever) I shall have to make do with holidaying in the area as many times as I am able to. I first discovered Truro many years ago whilst working as a chambermaid in a hotel in Perranporth. It was almost impossible to travel around at that time as buses were very infrequent. It was the late swingin' sixties and hitchhiking was very much the norm, although I shudder now to think what could have happened. However, since that time Truro has always been my favourite City and City indeed it is, although it originally was once just a small Cornish town. It still retains a town-like quality though and has a non-threatening character, unlike some of our larger cities eg., Manchester or Liverpool. Truro is now the thriving capital of Cornwall, marginally beating Penzance for the title. Here you will find all the major stores - Marks and Spencer, British Home Stores etc., based in King Street in the centre, next to the Cathedral......and what a Cathedral it is.....Truro Cathedral is one of the most modern in the U.K. completed in 1910. It is a beautiful building, Gothic in style with three spires, the highest being 250ft and as Truro is located in a valley, these spires are usually the first thing a visitor will see on approaching the area. Indeed there is even a festival called the Three Spires Festival which is held between the end of May and early June. It is possible to buy a cheap snack in the Chapter House of the Cathedral after an hour or so wandering quietly around taking in the breathtaking leaded light windows and reading the history that abounds within its walls. The City has a holiday feel to it most of the year with buskers in the square immediately outside the Cathedral vying for a place amongst the many shoppers and tourists. Immediatel y behind is the Cathedral garden, a small tranquil area where office workers sit and eat their sandwiches in the fine weather which Cornwall usually enjoys. Alternatively, small quaint inns are dotted throughout the back streets where you can enjoy a quiet drink either sitting in the gardens or listening to the locals inside. I particularly enjoy sitting in the garden of the pub located right alongside the Cathedral gardens next to the Auction House, where you can sit and watch the world go by. Later,as you're browsing amongst the many shops, keep a look out for the monument of Richard Lander an early explorer - you'll find this in Lemon Street. Don't expect any beaches at Truro, although of course beaches are never far away by car. Truro is however situated at the head of a tidal estuary of the River Fal and Truro River and it's possible to take a leisurely stroll along Riverside Walk. Park benches are dotted along the river for any weary travellers to rest for a while and you'll pass Victoria Gardens with its magnificent floral beds along the way. If you have small children, there is a small children's area located next to the tennis courts - all about half a mile from the City Centre. The Wycliffe Studios used to be situated here where you could see artifacts from the programme, but unfortunately they and the programme are now long gone and the building is now a pine warehouse. If you're really adventurous you can walk further and you will come across beautiful countryside walks in the hills overlooking the City. You will never be short of something to do in Truro. There's a tiny cinema located on the outskirts in a street filled with fine examples of Georgian architecture, or visit the museum where you will discover the history of Cornwall. There's also an art gallery located in Lemon Street and the town hall often has flea markets or musical extravaganzas. If you're really stuck f or somewhere to stay or require further information the Tourist information Site can be located in Boscawen Street in the City Centre. If all this doesn't appeal to you, Truro has a large Bus Station where you can jump on a bus to almost every other part of Cornwall, or alternatively take a boat trip to Falmouth from the Town Quay located next to the bus station. Trellisick Gardens is located a short trip away at a place called Feock.......and no I'm not swearing! ! Parts of Truro appear to be trapped in a time-warp, but I say this in a positive way. There are numerous cobbled alleys, known to the locals as opes with quaint shops and eating houses by the hundreds. You will certainly find no shortage of cafes and restaurants to choose from and if you really are addicted to the Internet why not drop in to the Internet Cafe located in Fraser St which is half way between the Cathedral and the railway station. Finally, for those of you who like me are addicted to antique and junk shops, Truro is heaven as these shops are dotted on every corner and there is always the possibility that not only will you have had a glorious holiday, but you will come home with a valuable asset as well .........and no, I don't mean the wife/husband. I wouldn't stay in Truro personally, as I like to have a seaview from my window whilst on holiday. However if you feel you would like to stay in this City, there are literally hundreds of guesthouses, hotels and B&Bs. There is even a caravan site (Sunny Valley) located about 2 miles out of the City. Wherever you stay, Truro is definitely a City you should not miss while visiting Cornwall.