PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 30 August 2017

Overlooking the cathedral and city skyline, Truro Cornwall England UK

Overlooking the cathedral and city skyline, Truro Cornwall England UK

Cornwall’s capital city may be smaller than many county seats but there is plenty to see and do – here’s our starter for ten...

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Gorgeous gardens

– head to these beautifully planted gardens which sit slightly outside the city centre and offer a real oasis. Designed and created to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1898, they feature a beautiful bandstand were bands can be heard through the summer and autumn and plenty of perfectly lawned slopes and pathways to enjoy a picnic or a quite moment.

Best beer

Beer fans should head to Skinner’s Brewery for one of their tour and tasting events. This award-winning brewery – home of Betty Stogs, which CAMRA named Britain’s best bitter – sits on the banks of the river surprisingly close to the city centre where you can go and refill your flagon. There’s also an array of other beers on offer at the brewery which celebrates its 20th birthday next year. Find out more at skinnersbrewery.com

Stay here

is one of those secret gems of Cornwall. A few minutes walk from the city centre, this gorgeous hotel sits in a former convent built in 1830 and remains an oasis of tranquillity with a stunning restaurant, beautiful terrace - and they’ve just added the The Courtyard which boasts 15 individually designed luxury bedrooms and suites.


Shopping in Truro offers one of the last pleasures of High Street shopping with tiny cobbled streets leading you off to independent boutiques, markets and designer stores waiting to be discovered and perused.

We love Lemon Street Market which boasts two floors of marvellous boutiques from Lander Gallery and Illustrated Living to Baker Tom for some delicious artisan breads and pastries. And there are new shops opening every week – the latest include Steamer Trading Company and Camellia Interiors – which combines a stunning interiors shop with a great café.


A visit to Truro city centre has to start with a look at this impressive faux gothic cathedral which is visible from all over the city. Building work on The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to give it its full name, began in 1880 with the laying of the foundation stone, but it is thought that a Parish Church of St Mary has sat on this site for at least 800 years. The friendly staff provide tours –and there’s a café and shop to visit too.

Eat here

Head to the award-winning interior of on Kenwyn Street and choose from their incredible array of artisan hotdogs, burgers, craft beers and amazing milkshakes.


Lemon Street Gallery is one of our favourite galleries in Cornwall. This highly regarded gallery sits over three floors in an elegant Georgian building with an ever-changing exhibition of professional artworks ranging from the aesthetic to the startling. Check out for their latest show.

Cornwall is well served with independent cinemas – and shows how versatile a cinema can be – with a truly amazing range of family films and the latest 3D blockbusters to its programme of shows directly from the National Theatre, blending traditional British cinema with the latest technology.

Combining modern art exhibitions with permanent displays of Cornwall’s fascinating and varied history, head to and peruse thousands of objects relating to Cornwall. There’s an exhibition exploring Poldark’s Cornwall, monsters and watercolour artworks and you will also find an ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent exhibition, a ceramic collection on loan from the V&A, a world-renowned mineral collection and exceptional art.

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