Ultimate city guide: Truro

Jenessa Williams 16 September 2018

Soak up the last of summer with a trip to the coastal city of Truro. The biggest city in Cornwall, its small population guarantees a gentle and relaxing break, where getting outdoors is part and parcel of local living. 


Where to stay in truro

Positioned right in the city centre, the Merchant House Hotel is amongst the finest in Truro.

Kick back in plush, coastal-themed rooms and enjoy free breakfast, onsite-parking, wi-fi and homemade cake reception every afternoon, all at no extra cost.

For something that suits the more autonomous family, Cornish Horizons (above) is home to a huge selection of holiday cottages to suit every budget and accessibility need. Signing up will also entitle you to a Cornish Horizons privilege card, which allows discounts at local eateries and attractions.

Also recommended:
Toad Hall Cottages
The County Arms
Pengelly Farmhouse B&B



In true Cornish style, the only way to shop is via the local markets.

Grab artisan tidbits for dinner from Truro Farmers Market, peruse curiosities at Pannier market or go upmarket at Lemon Street, full of gallery space, cafés and independent clothing stores. Opening days vary, so be sure to check ahead.

For interiors, Bay Tree Home is a must visit. Try out the store in-house beauty studio, or stock up on cushions, kitchenware and home decorations.

Also recommended:
The Clementine
Busby & Fox
Enjoy Clothing



Enjoy the finest local beverages with the abundance of regional breweries. Home of craft beer, Skinner’s brewery offer full tours to experience all things hoppy, with the onsite shop providing the perfect souvenir opportunity.

For those who prefer apples to wheat, Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm has been running for over 30 years.

Kids can enjoy a tractor ride through the orchards and try juices and jams while grown-ups peruse the farm shop, explore the distillery and learn all about the hard work that goes into running a holistic food and drink business.

Also recommended:
Black Flag Brewery
The Old Ale House

Admire natural beauty

Watch the leaves turn amber at Burncoose gardens in nearby Redruth. 30-acres of woodland and plant nursery, it is home to one of the most diverse ranges of plantlife in Cornwall, and one of the cheapest days out too at just £5 per person for a guided tour.

If you’d rather soak in some sea air, St Agnes beaches are easily one of the prettiest in the UK. Ideal for surfing and strolling, the six beaches that make up the region cater for dogs, sports and even nudist sunbathing respectively. Truly something for everyone!

See also:
Victoria Gardens
St Mawes Castle
Newquay Zoo



When in Cornwall, it would be churlish not to try some seafood. Head to Hooked! (above) to watch your food being prepared in the open plan kitchen, using produce sourced mere metres away.

Dishes change seasonally, but with crab and ginger wontons, mussel and quails egg ramen and classic paella making up their eclectic menu, you’re surely in for a treat.

If you’re after something more veggie-friendly, The Cornish Vegan is known locally for it’s generously portioned burgers, soups and "Buddha bowls". They also offer their very own Cornish cream tea, completely free from dairy.

Also recommended:
Baker Tom’s
Bone China

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