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Truro sits in the heart of Cornwall and despite being a city it marches to the beat of its own drum. Independent restaurants celebrate and showcase delicious local produce, hidden alleys host boutique shops brimming with lovely gifts and treats and there’s always something to see and do. Here are our top reasons to make Truro your holiday destination in Cornwall.
It’s no secret that Cornwall is a foodie oasis, and Truro is no exception. At every turn there is somewhere to take the weight off and sample the local cuisine. Whether you’re after a cream tea, lunch time snack, pasty on the go or an evening meal, Truro has it covered. And don’t forget our very own two AA Rosette Brasserie, serving British classics with a twist throughout the day, everyday.
Truro has a little of something for everyone - keen theatre goers need look no further than Hall for Cornwall, welcoming some of the biggest names in national touring theatre. Tastemakers for music can discover new talent performing in the city’s bars. The annual calendar of events is chocca with food & drink festivals and art & craft fairs, and you can revel in the glow of the annual City of Lights parade in November.
Truro is an ancient town with iron age origins. Right up until the 1920s the city was a key Cornish port and welcomed ships right into the middle of the town to unload their cargo. The history can be seen throughout the city with a blend of historic and modern architecture and you just have to take a look up to the sky from just about anywhere and it’s hard to miss the gothic grandeur of Truro Cathedral. Find out more about Truro's history.
The cobbled streets of Truro are home to an enviable range of independent boutiques, bookshops, bars and more. Each of which offer a unique Cornish shopping experience. Keep a watchful eye as you wander the city as some of the best finds are tucked away in hidden side streets and winding paths.
The nestled-away gardens of Truro give a glimpse of the quintessential Cornish countryside, even within the vibrant bustle of the city centre. Victoria Gardens, just moments walk away from the shopping streets, is an idyllic spot to relax. Another few hundred metres away and Bosvigo Gardens showcases summer displays within their walled garden and woodland. Boscawen Park, on the opposite side of the city, sits on the edge of the river and is great for dogs and waterside walks.
Truro provides a perfectly central spot to branch out from and explore the rest of Cornwall’s beautiful destinations and best attractions. Craft your stay to soak up the small-town coastal atmosphere of St Ives by train, explore one of the nine beaches we have within just 30 minutes by car, or float to Falmouth on an Enterprise Boat.
The Alverton is just a five minute walk away from Truro’s centre - with award-winning food, exceptional service, well-appointed rooms, history in abundance and and surrounded by mature gardens it’s the perfect base for your Cornish adventure. Find out more about staying at The Alverton.