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Truro Tourist Information
Truro Guide and History
The only city and capital of Cornwall, Truro is certainly no sprawling metropolis. Compact, beautiful, and full of elegant Georgian architecture. It is another maze of buildings and cobbled alley-ways. At one time a stannery town exporting ore, but things changed in the 18th century as it became fashionable with the Georgians, giving it the distinctive look that has been carefully preserved.
In 1877 Queen Victoria granted it city status and three years later work was begun on the cathedral. Completed in 1910 it has one of the highest spires in the country, perhaps this is why it dominates the view wherever you are in the county town. It is unique in incorporating part of the parish church originally on the site, acting now as both cathedral and church.
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High quality hotels are located in the city, along with guest houses, bed and breakfasts and inns. All that you would expect from a city.
Entertainment and Eating Out Guide
Definitely a hub of activity, entertainment in Truro ranges from vibrant night life to performing arts. Free daytime entertainment fill the parks and gardens, while the streets are full of the sound of talented buskers. The Hall for Cornwall has quickly gained a reputation for the highest quality of performers. A full schedule throughout the year brings performing arts, bands and classical music into the heart of Cornwall. There is also a great deal of live music to be enjoyed in the many publics houses, and a night club.
Eating Out in Truro
The standard of food in Truro is good enough to draw connoisseurs from all over the county. I know I cannot resist traveling to sample the latest from the changing menus featured in the many cafes and restaurants.
In recent years Truro has undergone a transformation into a very fashionable location. The new pedestrianised area between Marks and Spencers and Hall for Cornwall complements the original area in the main high street. Truro does not just attract the familiar high street chains, but also the more exclusive ones such as Oh Knickers!, a very unique lingerie boutique. These work well with the many local specialist stores, so shopping in Truro is perhaps the best in Cornwall.
Truro Beach and Surf Guide
Set inland there is no chance of surfing here at Truro, but the city has many good surf shops and is not far from any of the top beaches. Make sure you check below to see what is available.
The capital of Cornwall is certainly going to be easy to find, train, coach, bus, taxi and river routes are all well covered.
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