Truro Cathedral

Truro Guide


Truro - The Cathedral city of Cornwall is the UK's most southerly city. Truro is home to a large shopping area, museums and art gallery.


From M5 (south): leave the M5 at junction 31, then branch left and merge on to the A30. Stay on the A30 until you reach Carland Cross, take the 2nd exit on to the A39 for Truro. After 5 miles take the A390 signposted Truro, Falmouth, Penryn. Drop down into Truro, where there are several car parks in the City.

By Train: You can travel to Cornwall via the Rail Network. Truro train station is close to all the Citys shops, Cathedral and amenities, Truro station has a taxi rank outside the main entrance. Go to the National Rail website to plan your journey from wherever you are in the UK.

By Air: Newquay Cornwall Airport is serviced by flights from around the UK. Flybe, Ryanair, BMI Baby, Lufthansa, AirSouthWest and Skybus all operate out of Cornwall's premier Airport from most regional Airports. There are plenty of Car Hire and Taxis available at the Airport.


Dating back to the Normans, there have been recordings of a settlement in the Truro area. Truro occupies a central position between the north and south Cornish coasts. This and its location at the convergence of the Kenwyn and Allen rivers, means the City has always held a strategic position in the county. In more recent times, Its good road and rail links put it within easy reach of almost every part of Cornwall.

In the 12th Century a castle was built by Richard de Luci the Chief Justice of England and the town began to grow around the castle, and as Truro grew so a market also began to develop.

By the early 1300s’ Truro was beginning to earn a reputation as a wool producing town and later in the century as a growing port with exporting of tin and a developing fishing industry. Many people left the town in the late 14th century, when the Black Death arrived in the area.  In 1589 the government of the day helped revitalise the area and Truro began to prosper again. In 1642 Cornwall backed the King in the Civil War and supplied a number of men in the fight against the Parliamentarians.

During the next two centuries Truro benefited from high tin prices and improved mining methods. The mine owners became rich and started to move into the area building Georgian and Victorian townhouses at the same time. There is no better example of these properties than those seen today on Lemon Street, the street being named after the mining magnate and local MP Sir William Lemon.

Trains from London Paddington began in 1867 but the journey was slow and could take up to twelve hours. However it meant that tourists started to create a new industry for the town. In 1877 Queen Victoria granted Truro city status. The foundation stone of Truro Cathedral was laid in 1880 by Prince Edward (later Edward VII) and took 30 years to build. The cathedral was designed by John Loughborough Pearson.

Today Truro is the centre of administration and business in Cornwall. One of the largest shopping areas in the county and Hall for Conrwall has a variety of entertainment throughout the year. Truro City FC have enjoyed several promotions in the last few years and made an historic trip to the new Wembley Stadium in 2007 and won the FA Vase becoming the first Cornish side ever to win the trophy. In season 2011.12 they will play in the Blue Square Bet, South Division.

Attractions, Activities and Events

Truro Cathedral
01872 276782
Truro Cathedral sits in the heart of the City and has easy access to several nearby car parks. A young Cathedral, the Foundation Stone was laid in 1880 on the site of St Mary The Virgin Parish Church and completed in 1910 with the opening of the two western towers.
The Cathedral has a well stocked shop and restaurant, it is free entry and there are regular guided tours throughout the week. The Cathedral Choir has six sung services each week and the music is intergrated with the liturgy.

Lemon Quay
In the centre of Truro, Lemon Quay is home to several high street retailers, an indoor market, the famous Hall for Cornwall and host to several types of markets including farmers markets, arts market and many other types of event.

Royal Cornwall Museum
River Street, Truro, TR1 2SJ.
01872 272205
The Royal Cornwall Museum is the largest in Cornwall, founded in 1818. On display are many displays and various exhibitions. These include Egyptology exhibits, collections of fine art and minerals. You can also see old masters drawings in the museum. Royal Cornwall Museum host schools workshops throughout the year the introduce children to the world of art and history.

Bosvigo Garden
Bosvigo House, Bosvigo Lane, Truro, TR1 3NH
01872 275774
Wendy and Michael Parry created Bosvigo from 2 acres of ground at their home near Truro. They have created several gardens within a garden as well as a woodland walk. There is also a 100 year old conservatory, home to raised beds and entered via a walled garden. Plants sold at Bosvigo are all grown in the garden.

Penrose Water Gardens
Tregavetham, Short Lanes End, Truro, TR4 9ES.
01872 222307
Established 20 years ago and open 7 days a week, Penrose Water Gardens are set in a woodland valley. The gardens include a farm shop and the Lily tearooms. There is an amazing Aquatic nursery set in six and a half acres of marshland fed by natural springs. Wildlife visitors to the garden include songbirds, kingfishers, herons, foxes and grass snakes.

Hall for Cornwall
Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL.
01872 262466
Hall for Cornwall is a thriving theatre hosting local, national and international touring productions. Hall for Cornwall introduces local children to theatre productions with shows of "Peppa Pig" and "Thomas The Tank Engine". Food and refreshments are provided in the Coffee Shop and the excellent Stars Restaurant on site. During 2011 the Hall has or will be entertained by The Royal Shakespeare Company, Rick Wakeman, Barry Cryer, Marc Almond, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Max Boyce and the Cornish legend that is Jethro.

The Plaza Truro
Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2PN
01872 272894

The Plaza Cinema opened in 1938 and is the only cinema in Truro showing all the up to date films on four screens including the latest 3D Technology.

Sport in Truro:
Truro City Football Club      Blue Square Bet South
Truro Cricket Club             ECB Premier League
Truro Lawn Tennis Club      Cornwall League
Truro Running Club
Truro Rugby Club              Tribute Western Counties West

Tourist Information

Dr M Sullivan, Infirmary Hill, Truro, TR1 2JA Mon - Fri 8:30 - 18:00  01872 246888

Three Spires Medical Practise, Infirmary Hill, Truro, TR1 2JA  Mon - Fri 8:30 - 18:00 01872 246888

Dr H Dalal, Infirmary Hill, Truro, TR1 2JA Mon - Fri 8:30 - 18:00 01872 246888

Truro Dental Care, 37 Lemon Street, Truro, 01872 272327

Pure Dental Health, Perenn House, City Road, Truro, 01872 222404

River Practise, Castle Street, Truro, 01872 242444

Truro Dental Health, 46 Lemon Street, Truro, 01872 272398

Maidwell Dental, The Dental Practice, 41 Lemon Street, Truro, 01872 262760

Oak House Dental Practice, 13 St Georges Road, Truro, 01872 222922

Pearly Whites Dental Practice, 7 City Road, Truro, 01872 276666

Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3LJ.  01872 250000

St Clement Church, Truro, TR1 3LJ. Parish Eucharist or Morning Praise, Sunday  11:00am

St George The Martyr, St Georges Road, Truro, TR1 3JA. Sung Mass Sunday 10:30am

St John the Evangelist, Lemon Street, Truro, TR1 2NU. Holy Eucharist, Family Eucharist or Morning Prayer Sunday 10:30am

All Saints Church, Highertown, Tresawls Road, Truro, TR1 3LD. Sunday Worship 9:55am

St Keyne Church, Kenwyn Church Road, Truro, TR1 3DA. Holy Communion or Service of the Word. Sunday 10:30am.

Truro Methodist Church, Union Place, Truro, TR1 1EP.  Holy Communion and Morning Service. 9:00am & 10:30am respectively.

Our Lady of the Portal of St Piran, St Austell Street, Truro, TR1 1SE. Mass Sunday 9:30am and 11:00am



Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015