Truro’s Top Attractions

Published: 2020-08-10 / Author: Merchant House

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A leisurely 10-minute stroll from the city, at Merchant House Hotel we are perfectly placed for exploring all that Truro has to offer. From its amazing food to its rich history to its shopping opportunities and more, Truro offers something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of our favourite attractions in Truro:

Food, Glorious Food

If you agree that the way to the heart is through the stomach, then you will feel well and truly loved up in Truro. Home to lots of restaurants, bars and cafés, you can take your palate on a journey of discovery. Book a table for a night of wining and dining or grab yourself a takeaway to enjoy in our comfortable lounge. Just outside the city, you can also visit local food and drink producers, like Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Skinners Brewery and Callestick Farm.

Hall for Cornwall

Having entertained locals and visitors alike for more than 20 years, the Hall for Cornwall is definitely one of Truro’s top attractions. An impressive theatre venue in Back Quay, the Hall for Cornwall has hosted West End musicals, opera, ballet, bands, comedy and much more to thrill audiences with incredible live performances. Now set to reopen after a £20million-renovation, we can’t wait to see what’s next for this incredible venue.

Royal Cornwall Museum

Founded by the Royal Institute of Cornwall in 1818 to promote excellence in science and art, the Royal Cornwall Museum has for 200 years been a centre for both conservation and innovation. Home to thousands of historical objects from both Cornwall and around the globe, along with one of the county’s finest art collections, you can learn all about Cornish heritage and culture and its place within the wider world.


If you fancy treating yourself to a bit of shopping, you’ll be thrilled with the huge range of shops just a short walk from the hotel. From boutiques to designer brands to high street names, you’ll find a great mix of shopping opportunities along Truro’s cobbled street. Spend the afternoon browsing and pick up a few treats to take home with you.

Truro Cathedral

A 19th century cathedral built over 30 years, Truro Cathedral is seen as a triumph of Gothic Revival Architecture. Looming large with its magnificent spires that pierce the sky, it is a truly striking sight and is a popular centre for worship, music and learning. Take a picture of the cathedral as you walk the city streets or, if you would like to head inside, you can pay a visit between 1 and 3pm each Sunday.

Truro Walking Tour

Usually taking place at 11am every Wednesday from May to September, the Truro Walking Tour leaves from the Visit Truro Visitor Information Centre at 30 Boscawen Street. A great opportunity to learn all about its rich past, you will discover the story behind the city’s opes and granite setts, its trading history and connections with the Titanic, famous explorers and entertainers, and Poldark too!

Victoria Garden Band Concerts

A great way to spend an afternoon, the Victoria Garden bandstand is a centre point for live entertainment in the summer. Taking place every Sunday from May to September, a brass band takes to the stage and performs for the crowds wandering the garden paths or relaxing in the sunshine.

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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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49 Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall

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