Truro City Guide

Published: 2020-08-21 / Author: Merchant House

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Get to know Truro city with our guide. Whether shopping, history, culture, food or entertainment is your thing, the city’s wealth of shops and attractions will keep you hooked.


Making use of the hotel’s free parking for guests, you can leave your car and take a leisurely stroll into Truro’s centre. To really get acquainted with the city, the best way to familiarise yourself with its cobbled streets and intriguing history is with a walking tour. If you like to take your time, you can head into the Visit Truro tourist information centre on Boscawen Street and pick up a copy of ‘Footsteps around Truro’ for £2, a guide written by local Truro expert, Penny Fincken. Directing you around the city, this self-guided voyage of discovery will take you back in time and reveal all sorts of secrets. If you want to ask questions and enjoy some company along the way, there are also great guide-led tours that take place each Wednesday in the summer.

Once you’ve completed your tour, we recommend visiting the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Cathedral for more amazing insight’s into Truro’s past.


A mishmash of shops and boutiques, Truro is the perfect place to treat yourself to some retail therapy. With most shops open from 9am until 5pm (and even later at Christmas), you can peruse a huge array of stores boasting both global names and independent labels. To get started, wander along Boscawen Street, Lemon Street, Prince’s Street and around Lemon Quay. The home of the Hall for Cornwall, this pretty square is a favourite for its big department stores, including M&S, Primark and Debenhams, as well as its outdoor (which regularly feature fab local producers) and indoor markets (including Lemon Street Market with its lovely Fig café).

Heading towards the other end of Boscawen Street, more shopping opportunities await along Pydar Street, Castle Street, River Street and Victoria Square (popular for its jewellers). Great not just for clothes but also for vintage finds, books, art, home décor and local food shops (you can buy beautiful hampers from The Cornish Food Box), you can easily pick up goodies and indulge yourself. Well, you are on holiday!

Wining and Dining

Speaking of food, Truro is full to the brim with local food and drink outlets, serving up an eclectic range of gastronomical delights. With something for everyone, you could easily find somewhere new to eat for every meal of the day. That said, if you don’t feel like heading out, you can also make the most of the many local takeaways, with Merchant House’s comfortable lounge area the perfect place to relax and tuck in.

If you do want to go out, you can start your foodie pilgrimage at Kenwyn Street, home to popular eateries including Hubbox, the Yak & Yeti and the Cornish Vegan, or check out the amazing venues along St Mary’s Street, which include the Old Grammar School and Sam’s in the City. For amazing taste sensations, Chorley’s on Old Bridge Street serves a fusion of South African cuisine made using Chorley’s famous Peri-Peri sauce, while the Rising Sun on Mitchell Hill offers up sophisticated yet familiar food and drink in a welcoming authentic pub setting.


Within a stone’s throw of the city, there are a huge number of walks for both two and four-legged visitors. For those staying in one of our dog-friendly rooms, our favourite way to blow away the cobwebs is with a trip to some of the beautiful dog-friendly beaches near Truro. To get to know the creeks, woods and countryside around Truro, you can also choose from our top walks here.

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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