No visitor arriving in Truro can possibly miss the imposing sight of the central, pointed arch of Truro Cathedral. Standing over 200 feet high, this Gothic tower marks the site of Cornwall’s Cathedral, attracting thousands of people every year, from all the over the globe.
Standing on the site of St Mary’s Parish Church (part of the old church remains as part of the south aisle), the foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on 20th May 1880. It was to become the first Cathedral built in Cornwall, a diocese that was only re-established under its own identity three years earlier in 1877. John Loughborough Pearson was the architect behind the building, but sadly died in 1897, some thirteen years before the Cathedral was completed, whoever he was able to see its consecration in 1889. In 1887, whilst the Cathedral was under construction a special chamber was built to house a Willis Organ that had been purchased the same year for £2,742. The Organ has been restored twice since it was installed, once in 1963 and again in 1991. A guided tour around the Cathedral is the best way to enjoy the history and development of this glorious building.
In the present day, Truro Cathedral is world famous for its music and choir. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols draws in over 1,000 people every night. The Choristers go through a rigorous selection process and practise every day between 8am and 9am, then again between 4:30pm and 5:30pm, and you can understand then why they are in the Premier League of choirs.
A visit to the Cathedral is free and offers guided tours throughout the year and even Children’s trails around the Cathedral. A restaurant that opens daily Monday to Saturday and occasionally on Sundays, serving hot and cold food, cups of tea, coffee and now even a cooked breakfast. There is also a wonderful shop where there is so much to see and buy. The shop is well set out and you can buy Christian books, CDs by local choirs’, Cornwall memorabilia, Calendars, jewellery and of course the local Cornish Cream fudge. Set within the Cathedral, the shop setting lends itself to the peaceful surroundings of the building. You can even shop online for the perfect gift any time of year by following the shop link on this page.
The restaurant opening times
Monday to Saturday 8:30am – 4:00pm
The shop opening times
Monday to Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
In May 2009 a major development project was launched called Inspire Cornwall. The project looks to Inspire Cornwall through nature, education, music, the arts and heritage. The vision is to restore and redevelop the Cathedral as a green space, a creative space and a meeting place where people can find inspiriation.
The Right Reverend Tim Thornton was enthroned as the 15th Bishop of Truro on 7th March 2009. The Diocese covers all of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and two Devon parishes. On 29th September 2012 the Very Reverend Roger Bush was installed as the new Dean of Truro Cathedral. On the website you can find an excellent series of videos for Foreign visitors in French, German and Spanish
Monday to Saturday 7:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Usual Service Times
Monday to Friday 8:00am Holy Communion
8:30am Morning Prayer
Wednesday, Friday 5:30pm Evensong
Wednesday 1:00pm Holy Communion
Thursday 12:10pm Christian Meditation
Friday 11:00am Holy Communion
Saturday 5:30pm Evening Prayer
Sunday 7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Eucharist
Truro Cathedral Office,
14 St Mary's Street,
Tel: 01872 276782
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015