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Truro City Guide

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.