Cornwall Life Looks at Truro's city life

PUBLISHED: 15:29 28 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 20 February 2013

King Harry Ferry

King Harry Ferry

Good shopping, great markets, a splendid cathedral and exciting visitor attractions are all found in Truro, Cornwall's only city, writes Jennie Cooper

Good shopping, great markets, a splendid cathedral and exciting visitor attractions are all found in Truro, Cornwalls only city, writes Jennie Cooper

The spires of Truro Cathedral stretching into the sky are a welcoming sight and this beautiful landmark is visible whether you approach the city by car or by train. Strolling around Truros historic cobbled opes and alleyways there is a relaxed air. Boutique shops, restaurants, cafs, galleries and markets line the streets, giving visitors every opportunity to sample Cornish fare.
Truro is surrounded by beautiful countryside and it is not difficult to find a pretty spot by the river or under the shade of a tree to sit and watch the world go by. There are three rivers in Truro: the Kenwyn and the Allen join together to become Truro River, which then leads on to the River Fal.

To discover some of the best parts of the city this summer, why not pay a visit to some of the places listed below and get some great tips from people who live and work there?

Truro Cathedral

The Cathedral is a big draw and, located in the centre of the city in among the shops and cafs, it is hard to miss. Open every day, there are regular services, to which visitors are welcome, as well as a great restaurant and a shop and information centre where you can learn more about its history and the restoration projects that are taking place.
For further information visit:


There are two indoor markets in Truro: the Pannier Market is large and sells unusual market produce, while the Lemon Street Market holds individual shops selling locally caught fish, bread, herbs and spices. There are often food, craft or continental markets set up on Truros piazza on Lemon Quay. Also in the piazza is Truro Farmers Market, which runs every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am-4pm.

Royal Cornwall Museum

With an amazing array of objects and artefacts, the Museums highlights include its famous unwrapped mummy, classical Greek and Roman objects, a world-famous collection of minerals and a decorative arts collection. There are various events including exhibitions, walks, talks and painting classes.
For details call

The Hall for Cornwall

The Hall for Cornwall is Truros popular theatre, with a wide range of performances and shows from local and national actors, musicians, dancers, comedians and performers.
For further information visit:

Truros Wild Side

Cornwall Wildlife Trusts HQ is based in Allet, near Truro. Cornwall Life asked the Wildlife Trusts Nick Marriott, West Cornwall Nature Reserves Officer, what his favourite part of Truro is and what wildlife we can see in July. I love going down to the mudflats of the estuary to watch birds. In July, you could see herons, various gulls, shags, little egrets and mallard ducks. Further up river you may spot a kingfisher.
Nick advises us to keep our eyes and ears open for fast-flying insect eaters this month, such as swifts, swallows and house martins. In the parks and gardens you may come across the small tortoiseshell, red admiral and peacock butterflies. On the rivers there should be damselflies and dragonflies and bats. Look out for the harmless grass snakes basking in the sun too.
For further information visit:

River Trips

Being right on the water, there are plenty of opportunities for river trips from Truro. The King Harry Ferry runs services around the gorgeous Roseland Peninsula, linking Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, St Anthony headland, Flushing and Trelissick Garden. If you would rather go by boat than the drive-on ferry, Enterprise Boats also runs a service operating along the Fal, linking Falmouth, Truro, Malpas and St Mawes.
For prices, times, routes and further information visit:

Skinners Brewery

Celebrating its 13th anniversary this summer, Skinners Brewery has a good choice of cask-conditioned ales. The working brewery runs tours for individuals and groups from 12pm and 2.30pm Monday to Friday until October. Evening tours for groups only run all year round from Monday to Saturday. Check out the Visitors Centre and sample some of the ales and the brewerys own Cornish lager.
For further information visit:

Trewithen Gardens

This private estate at Grampound, near Truro, with its 18th-century house, is famous for its collection of magnolias and camellias. It has woodland walks, a nursery and tea shop and the gardens are open until 30 September. Cornwall Life spoke to Head Gardener Gary Long about what will be in bloom in the garden in July. This month is all about roses. Other flowers visitors can see are buddleja, potentilla, crocosmia and hebes.
For further information visit:

Events in Truro this Summer

Whats On at Truro Cathedral

5 July
Truro Cathedral Calendar Exhibition
Beautiful photographic images from the Cathedrals new fundraising calendar.
10am-5pm. 01872 276782, www.trurocathedral

10 July
Music for a summers evening
Alastair Taylor plays piano and organ music from classical to popular.
7.30pm. 10. Contact Claire Vincent: 07792 408519

17 July
A showing of the classic 1922 horror film with live improvised organ accompaniment. Guests can also enjoy a pre-concert supper in the Cathedral Restaurant from 6pm.
Contact Hall for Cornwall to book: 01872 245011

Whats On at the Royal Cornwall Museum

17 July 4 September
Truro Uncovered
An exhibition exploring the rich heritage of Truro, based on research by local people using archives held by the Cornwall Records Office, Cornish Studies Library and the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
For details visit

22 July
Archaeology at the Royal
Cornwall Museum
A talk by Jane Marley, Curator of Archaeology and World Culture.
For details visit

27 July
Flying Past The Archaeology of Cornwall from the Air
A talk by Steve Hartgroves, Principal Archaeologist HES.
For details visit

Whats On at the Hall for Cornwall

1 July
Lesley Garrett
Britains popular soprano presents songs and arias and will be accompanied by pianist Andrew West and joined by a special guest singer.
7.30pm. 32

11 July
Dancebeat 2010
Energy-charged dance routines inspired by pop and club sounds, classic jazz, West End musicals and more.
5pm. 14

17 July
Boogie Night
Celebrate mid-summer at the Hall for Cornwall and get dancing to non-stop hits all evening from great acts.

19 July
James Morrison
Back in his home county of Cornwall, James is performing this charity gig in aid of the Tanyas Courage Trust, which helps young people with cancer.

26-31 July
Stepping Out
Starring Brian Capron and Anita Harris, this show is a story about an ex-professional dancer and her class of tap-dancers who are asked to perform at a charity gala.
7.30pm (with a matinee at 3pm
on 29 and 31 July)

Whats on at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust

4 July
Guided walk at Kennal Vale Nature Reserve, Ponsanooth
A stroll through the beautiful woodland reserve to learn about the gunpowder works history and the wildlife.
10am. 2 donation. Call: 01872 273939 ext. 278 to book

23 July
Blues in the Barn
Charity event held in aid of the Trust and other charities. Join in this fun night of music and dancing with good food and cider from the farm and free camping.
6pm till late. Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock. Call: 01726 884127

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