The capital of Cornwall is a charming pocket-sized city of elegant Georgian buildings, cobbled alley ways and a myriad of interlinking lanes, set at the head of the Truro River which flows down to Falmouth and out into the Carrick Roads.
Nestling amongst the shops and houses at the heart of the city, Truro cathedral was completed as recently as 1910 and incorporates the original parish church of St Mary's. Its distinctive three spires rise high above the city's bustling shopping streets which combine many of the more fashionable high street names alongside tiny specialist stores catering for the needs of discerning shoppers from 'foodies' to design fashion connoisseurs to watersports fanatics. Visit a few of Truro's increasing number of tearooms, bistros and pubs where you can take time out to watch the world go by.
During the annual Jazz Festival, the streets become a stage for colourful buskers and entertainers who perform anything from mime to fire eating. The city's parks and gardens play host to a season of free daytime entertainment including Punch and Judy and musical performances. In winter, the streets are a-glow with the City of Lights lantern procession and street fair, which marks the start of Christmas late night shopping.
With the opening of the Hall For Cornwall theatre complex, the city now attracts a wide range of top performers and events and is capable of presenting the finest in performing arts with a year round programme of activities. Flea markets and antique fairs use the venue during the daytime and are well worth a peek! Truro is also home to the newly refurbished Royal Cornwall Museum and Art Gallery, where visitors can follow the story of Cornwall from the Stone Age to the present day. The Museum often plays host to touring national and international exhibitions as well as displaying the resident collection of works by Constable, Lowry and the Newlyn School of artists.
Take the chance to explore the rivers and creeks that spread south from Truro. Climb aboard a ferryboat from Truro's Town Quay to Falmouth, a truly magical journey along one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country.
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