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Autumn Activities in Cornwall

Published: 2021-09-08 / Author: Merchant House

Autumn exploring

Autumn is a great time to explore Cornwall, and Merchant House Hotel is within easy reach of some of the most popular towns, villages and beaches. Cornwall hosts several major events and this year Stage one of The Cycle Tour Of Britain went right past our front door (check out our facebook page to see the video).

Below are a few more ideas to inspire a visit - but don't wait too long, we are booking up quickly ... booking direct will always get you the best rates.

Live entertainment

The Hall for Cornwall has undergone extensive refurbishment and the auditorium opens under its new name 'The Cornwall Playhouse' this autumn with Fisherman's Friends The Musical, running from 13th to 30th October. What better place to see this fabulous Cornish tale?

If you're planning a festive treat, Cinderella starts in December, and there are some big names coming to perform in Cornwall in 2022.

More details on the Hall for Cornwall website

Green fingers?

Our new planting has begun, and includes yuccas and grasses, which flourish in the Cornish micro-climate. We are lucky enough to be within easy reach of some of Cornwall's most stunning gardens including Trelissick, Trebah, and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Most gardens have plant centres, so why not take something home as a reminder of your visit?

Get inspired on the Great Gardens of Cornwall website

National Maritime Museum

Situated on the harbour in nearby Falmouth, the maritime museum is well worth a visit. Its mission is to promote an understanding of boats and their place in people's lives, and over five floors (including one below sea level), it presents the story of the sea, boats and the maritime history of Cornwall.

Find out more on the National Maritime Museum website

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Customer Reviews


Great hotel, really friendly and helpful staff giving a warm welcome. Superb quiet and comfortable room with spotlessly clean ensuite bathroom.

Easy free parking and good quality Wi-Fi. Continental breakfast was very good, fresh fruit and a good cereal selection. Excellent coffee!

Many thanks.

Simon M - UK

Lovely room and super friendly staff, pleasent location with only a short walk down hill to the town.

Spotlessly clean and good Covid measures in place. Tea coffee supplied as you need it and towels available on the landing as required if you need more than supplied in the room.

Highly recommended.

222gavinr- UK
Very comfortable stay

My wife and I stayed one night in this hotel while touring in Cornwall. It could not have been a better choice for us. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and the room had a huge king size bed (wider than length) in a very comfortable room. Despite being on a main arterial road into Truro centre, it was very quiet at night and we could sleep with the window open. 10min walk into the town centre that has a wide range of restaurants, shops and facilities, although it seemed like a 20min walk back up the hill to the hotel! Good range of food for breakfast too. No dining facilities otherwise, but the hotel supports guests ordering take-aways if wanted.

barrystuart2017 - Bedford, UK
Truly an old fashioned customer based warm welcome

From the point of walking in the door the welcome was truly felt, nothing was to much trouble. Our dog was met with the same greeting and even had his very own welcome pack, there is a pet friendly walking area, a dog shower and towels to dry your pooch.

As for us humans, we were able to bring in and eat our takeaway in the dining area, hotel plates and cutlery was provided. The bed was amazingly comfortable, the shower room was spotless, all in all I would highly recommend this hotel and will definitely stay again if I'm down this way again.

V8820MTkathyc - Clayton, UK
Gem of a place

We arrived with our Cockerpoo Parker to a very friendly welcome. Our room was clean and to a high standard although compact.One nice touch was they provided a fan as the weather was warm. Everything you wished for appeared to be catered for. We were amazed at all the lovely touches and facilities there were for dogs. You could even order take aways and eat in the lounge if you wished although Truro offers quite a few doggy friendly places to eat. There was also a bar. Breakfast was delicious too. We’d definitely be back we loved our stay thank you.

Alijon1 - Benfleet, UK
Friendly and welcoming

I really enjoyed my stay at the Merchant House. The single room was clean and big enough. We stayed four nights and the system put in place during the pandemic, made me feel comfortable and well looked after.

Staff were welcoming, friendly and very helpful. They wore masks when serving breakfast and had a great system in place for social distancing. Facilities were great. A fridge downstairs and a packed breakfast if you're leaving really early, was a great idea.

I will be going back, it's lovely and comfortable. A great base for when you're travelling all over Cornwall.

Caroline B - London, UK

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Merchant House Hotel

49 Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall

Tel: +44 (0)1872 272450