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Truro’s Top Attractions

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.