Truro Holiday Guide for 2024

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Truro is the capital of Cornwall and its only city. The Cathedral in the city centre dominates the skyline and is a must-see if you are visiting. Truro has a busy shopping culture and you can spend all day on the high streets exploring the stores. As well as this Truro offers a lively nightlife with plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars to keep you busy all night long. There are also other attractions such as the Hall for Cornwall and the Museum.

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Truro Town History

Historically Truro was founded in the middle ages and was built by the Normans, with only a few hundred living there then. Over the years it has become a market town and today has some great markets for you to explore both inside and on the piazza.

Truro began to grow rapidly in the 18th and 19th century running as a port and a market town and much of the town centre was built around this time.

Today the city is home to around 19,000 people but attracts a lot of visitors both on holiday and local Cornish people who come for the shops, restaurants and shows.

The cathedral dominates the skyline here and is a spectacular piece of architecture. The Cathedral was completed in 1910 and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in town.

Accommodation in Truro

As we have already said we have handpicked some great places to stay. There is a luxury hotel on our site, bed and Breakfast options or holiday homes and apartments. Just head over to our accommodation section and pick which option suits you. The great thing about Truro is that although it is a City you can explore most of it by walking and both the hotel and bed and breakfast are within walking distance of the centre.

Polgwedhen Lodge

Rustic and secluded, this lodge is set in an amazing country lake and is the…

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The Engine House

This stunning complex of converted buildings is packed with gorgeous character. With amazing views of…

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The Alverton

Situated in the middle of Truro City Centre this old monastery converted into a hotel…

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The Rosevine Porthscatho

If you are looking for a hotel that caters for families in a quiet place…

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The Coachman’s Halt

A beautiful, completely accessible newly built two bedroom bungalow close to Perranporth Beach.

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Kernow Vista

A luxury two bed home with spacious open plan living and patio

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Gallery Vista

Take in the beautiful views from the private balcony of this gorgeous two bed cottage

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Gallery View

A beautiful pet-friendly two bed cottage in south Cornwall

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Shopping in Truro

Truro is definitely the hub of Cornwall when it comes to shopping and all the locals flock to Truro on the weekends and the lead up to Christmas as Truro offers not only traditional shops but fabulous markets and late night Christmas shopping and fares. It really is the hub of the county on Christmas and just looks magical. The main high street is the place to find big stores and bargains and some of the smaller side streets offer some great local shops selling bespoke clothing and jewellery. In the markets you will find everything you can imagine and some great local produce as well. You really can spend all day exploring the shops in Truro and not get bored!

How to Get to Truro

Truro has a train station a short walk from the City centre and there are trains from throughout the country and the county. There is also a large bus station in the centre of the City and regular buses from most towns in Cornwall if you wanted to have a day trip to Truro or go and see a show. There are accommodation options in and around Truro in our accommodation section which we have hand picked for you. Also, the surrounding places are not too far away such as Perranporth where again we have handpicked some of the best places to stay. If you want to drive into Truro there are multiple car parks and a park and ride for you to use so loads of different options depending on your situation.