Truro, Cornwall's capital city derived its name from the Cornish ‘Tri-veru’ meaning ‘three rivers’, nestles in the valley of the Truro River, the Kenwyn and Allen. This bustling Cathedral city which developed as a tin port from the early 13th century onwards, became a ‘stannary town’ in 1305, where tin was brought for testing and stamping. With its blend of architectural buildings, remnants of an industrial past and modern facilities, Truro is truly a city for all times of the year.
There are a host of activities provided for a range of ages and tastes. There is a wide selection of shops from specialist right through to chain and multinational stores. Take a stroll in one of the many well kept gardens or parks where there are activities for children during August. Alternatively take a boat trip or walk along the river to soak up the historic atmosphere of this intriguing city.
Truro has an excellent theatre and modern cinema complex – both in buildings that blend into the city’s character. There are a number of leisure facilities including a swimming pool, tennis courts and ten-pin bowling.
No visit would be complete without a stop at the magnificent Cathedral - the skyline is dominated by the three majestic, elegant spires which beautifully compliment the Georgian feel of the city.
Set in the heart of the busy shopping area, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy some serenity and calm in this grand gothic style cathedral. The cobbled streets and elegant architecture of the centre make shopping a pleasurable experience in Truro.
To learn more about the historical importance of this former industrialised port city, the Royal Cornwall museum and art gallery, situated in River Street is well worth a visit. The museum has a broad collection of historical Cornish exhibits from pottery to natural history displays.
The art gallery which hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the year has paintings by the well-known Cornish artist John Opie. There is also a café and shop. You will find the tourist information in the grand 19th century Italianate designed City hall building which also houses Truro City council offices and the Mayor’s parlour.