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  • 1. History

    Archaeological findings and historical records show that the first permanent settlement in Truro was during Norman times. A castle was built in the city in the 12th century and in the 14th century Truro prospered because of its port and locally produced tin and copper. During the English Civil War the city of Truro raised an army to fight for the King but they were defeated by ...Read moreParliamentary troops in 1646. Truro enjoyed great success and prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries due to improved mining methods and higher prices for tin. The new wealth that the city enjoyed meant that it became the centre for high society in the county and was called “the London of Cornwall”. In the 19th century, Truro had its own iron smelting works, potteries and tanneries. The arrival of the Great Western Railway with its direct line to London Paddington led to further success for the city. Although mining declined in the 20th century, Truro stayed prosperous as a market town. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Truro is Cornwall’s administrative, leisure and retail centre. The city is known for its Georgian architecture, open spaces and cobbled streets. It is the number one destination for shopping and eating out in Cornwall.

  • 3. Events

    The piazza at Lemon Quay in Truro is the centre for events and festivities including the Truro City Carnival, the Winter Festival and the city’s Gay Pride parade. There are many events and festivals for visitors and residents to enjoy throughout the year.

  • 4. Attractions

    The Royal Cornwall Museum is the oldest museum in Cornwall and has a great deal of exhibitions celebrating and detailing Cornish history and culture. At the museum you will find archaeology, art and geology collections on display. If you would like to explore the stunning Cornish scenery then head to Calenick Creek to the south east of Truro, which has been designated as an Are...Read morea of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    The streets of Cornwall are steeped in history and offer a great deal to people interested in history and architecture. Walsingham Palace was a much-loved spot for the Victorian poet laureate John Betjeman and is full of beautiful Georgian architecture. If shopping is more your kind of thing then the Pannier Market is the place for you. It is an indoor market that is open all ...Read moreyear round. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Throughout history, Truro has been an important centre for trade because of its port and tin mines. Now, it is a bustling market town that is home to many industries including Cornwall’s local media. Truro has the main offices for the Cornish Guardian and the West Briton. The biggest employers in the city include Truro College, Cornwall Council and the Royal Cornwall Hospital...Read more. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Truro is easily accessed by the A30 and is connected to Falmouth and Penryn by the A39. Other southern cities can be reached by the M5. The city has extensive bus and train services and there are direct services to London Paddington station. The nearest airport is Newquay which is 12 miles away.

  • 8. Entertainment

    Hall for Cornwall is a theatre in the heart of Truro that offers a range of shows including comedy, pantomime, dance, drama and live music performances. The Burrell theatre in Truro hosts performances from theatre and dance companies from Cornwall and all over Britain, plus conferences, lectures and live music.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Truro Cathedral is the focal point of the city and rises 76m above the city at its highest spire. It was built between 1880 and 1910 in a gothic-revival style and has three stunning spires. It was the first Anglican Cathedral to be built since Salisbury Cathedral in 1220.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Truro is the most southern city in Great Britain. People from Truro are known as Trurorians.


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