Here at Merchant House Hotel our location is perfect to use as a base for exploring the picturesque places Cornwall has to offer.
We are a 7- 10 minute walk to the City Centre of Truro, where you will find the Hall for Cornwall, lots of great shops and fabulous restaurants as well as some enjoyable events all listed below!
Here are some of our recommendations of places to visit and great days out, as well as what’s on in and around Truro and Cornwall over the next couple of months.
Truro Walking Tours
The beauty of Truro is that it can easily be explored on foot! If you would like a guided tour, you can join one for £6 every Wednesday. Discover the unknown history behind the opes & cobbles of Truro, while learning facts and stories you would never think are true. The tour leaves from Visit Truro Information Centre, just a 5-10 minute walk down the hill, and lasts 90 minutes. Head to the Visit Truro website for more information or call 01872 274555 to book now.
The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is surely one of the most unique venues throughout the whole of the UK. There are a number of famous plays on show throughout August including: “Alice”, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Much Ado About Nothing”. While it may be an hour’s drive away from Truro, a night at the Minack is surely an unforgettable experience and a great way to spend an evening while visiting Cornwall. Click here for more information on show times and to purchase tickets.
National Maritime museum, Pirate School
Looking to entertain your kids this Summer? Join the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth for Pirate School throughout the school holidays. Take part in a treasure map trail, craft your own pirate essentials and join in with lots of interactive learning activities. Falmouth is just a 25-minute drive away or if you fancy taking public transport you can take either the train or the U1 bus that leaves from directly outside the hotel.
Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the South West with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days alongside a lively programme of shore side events. Watch the exciting sailing on the water, explore Cornish crafts markets, watch firework displays and see a great line up of music acts. Falmouth is just a 25-minute drive away or if you fancy taking public transport you can take either the train or the U1 bus that leaves from directly outside the hotel. Follow this link for more information.
Cathedral City Markets
On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, Cathedral City Markets will be taking place on Lemon Quay, just a 10-minute walk down the hill. This is your chance to meet traditional Cornish tradespeople and purchase art, crafts, drink and gifts.
Cornish Steam and Country Fair
The Cornish Steam and Country Fair takes place 17th-19th August and features almost one hundred full size and miniature steam engines from all over the country. It takes place at Stithians Showground, just a 15-minute drive away, and has plenty to occupy the whole family including trade stands, horse demonstrations, dog agility shows and live music.
Head to Flambards for “The Best day of the Week” discover dinosaurs in the Jurassic Journey and uncover fossils in the Dino Dig. Step back in time in the life-size Victorian Village and experience Britain in the Blitz in the award-winning Indoor Attractions. They also have some great events on during August including creepy crawly shows, magic and illusion shows and live tribute acts along with their spectacular summer firework display.
46th Cornwall Folk Festival
The 46th Cornwall Folk Festival takes place 23rd-27th August 2018 in Wadebridge, north Cornwall. A 40-minute drive away, this festival takes over various venues in Wadebridge to offer live music, instrument workshops, street entertainment, children’s games, face painting and much more! Click here for more information.
Boscawen Park Open Air Gigs
On Sunday 26th August, Boscawen Park in Truro is hosting an open air gig between 1:30 and 5pm. Just a 15-minute walk or 5-10 minute drive and with plenty of parking, you’ll have the chance to listen to Sing Truro mixed choir, Drums for fun and Acappella Sound. Follow this link for more information.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
Head to the Minack Theatre this September before they close after another busy season, with a mixture of popular shows like Chicago and Pirates of Penzance, hilarious comedy with Party Piece and a thought provoking Cornish play about World War 1 that’s not to be missed. Tickets & show timetables are available on their website . It may be a 45-minute drive but with the spectacular sea views it is certainly worth it!
8 Sep 2018 to 22 Sep 2018
Hop on the train to St Ives from Truro where you will find something for everyone at St Ives September Festival celebrations – two weeks of great music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre and plays. Check out their website for all information
Situated in Truro City Centre, just a 10-minute walk from the Hotel, you will find The Royal Cornwall Museum, founded in 1818. The Museum offers great Cornish History across all fields relating to Cornwall’s world leading industries and art, you will also find the Courtney Library and a programme of lectures. Click here to visit their website for all opening hours and admission fee details.
The Eden Project is a 45-minute drive away from The Hotel and is one of the top attractions here in Cornwall. With so much to see for people of all ages and interests, it is one we definitely recommend. From the 2nd – 26th of September they have their ‘Invisible Worlds Art Residency’ event which is free with your Eden Admission fee, you will find this even in the Exhibition Gallery in the
Core. To find out more and for all admission details click here to visit their website.
Head down to Truro’s Tourist Information Centre and join them on one of their Truro Walking Tours, discover the history behind the cobbles. The tours run every Wednesday at 11am until the end of September, and last around 90mins and costs just £6 per adult. Click here to visit their website to find out more or give them a call on 01872 274555 to book.
Just a 20-minute drive from the Hotel you will find Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, which is general admission is free of charge and you can pay extra to join one of their Brewery Tours. However, on the 14th– 16th of September you can experience a traditional Cornish Party at the Cider & Music Festival, join in the fun with big live bands, a groovy silent disco, BBC introducing stage and taste some of their fantastic Cornish Ciders. Tickets are available to purchase from their website, click here for all information.
Take a stroll into Truro City Centre and in just 10 minutes you will find Truro’s stunning cathedral, which is one of only three cathedrals in the UK which has three spires. Completed in 1910 it is a magnificent example of gothic architecture and a must-see place to visit with free entry! If you are around in Truro on the 28th & 29th of September the cathedral holds their City Markets between 10am and 4.30pm. Click here to visit their website for more information.