Feature image credit – Tim Green via Flickr.
Truro is the biggest county town and capital of Cornwall, and home to biggest variety of shops and the county’s only cathedral, so it draws shopping and workers from all around. Recently, I spent a day in an entire day in the city and soaked up the sights, ate in different places and ventured to the green spaces, in a day that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Breakfast – The Truro Lounge
I started my morning off by having breakfast in The Lounge. As Cornwall’s first Lounge, the restaurant has been significantly popular due to its good tasting food, varied drinks menu and cheerful interior. The Truro Lounge also features a cleverly covered sun-terrace, so you can enjoy your food and drink without risk of seagulls joining you for the meal. The brunch menu is served throughout the day, so if you fancied a Full English (Lounge) breakfast for dinner, its entirely possible. This time, I chose a large coffee, triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes with an assortment of fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice. Despite having to a slight wait, the breakfast was plenty, delicious and for just over ten pounds, I was pleased of the value.
After breakfast, I felt I needed some peaceful enlightenment, so heading down into the heart of Truro, I decided to take a peek into the cathedral.
Call – 01872 264378
12 Princes Street,
Truro’s The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an Anglican church located in the very heart of Truro. Built in Gothic Revival style between 1880-1910, and with its distinctive three spires (one of three cathedrals with such a unique feature in the UK), the cathedral towers of the skyline of Truro and makes for a remarkable image. Recently, the cathedral played a curious addition in the art world. Controversial artist Imran Qureshi staged his latest piece within the cathedral, which not only split opinion of the art world, but within the city too.
The installation has been cleared away now, and the Cathedral is back to its former grandeur. With pointed arches in typical Gothic Revival style, yet with modern building techniques, the Cathedral is built to stay. Open Monday-Saturday from 7.30-5pm and 12-4 on Sunday (dependent on services), the Cathedral is entirely free to visit, but a suggested donation of £5 is encouraged. The Cathedral also features a restaurant, toilets, a gift shop and disabled access in and out of the building, The Cathedral is so iconic and imposing against the landscape, it’s almost impossible to miss.
14 St Mary’s Street,
Tel: 01872 276782
The Royal Cornwall Museum
After this rather spiritual journey, I took myself down to the Royal Cornwall Museum which is located on River Street. The museum, set up in 1818 as the Royal Institution of Cornwall, promotes excellence in Cornish culture and Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the rest of the world. Currently, the museum is host to various exhibitions such as Poldark’s Trail, All Monsters Great and Small, and artist Tony Foster’s watercolour adventure through the county. The museum is perfect for families who want to get to know Cornwall and its unique culture better, along with seeing fascinating historical artefacts.
The museum is currently open Monday-Saturday (10am to 4.45pm) and soon will be open all Sunday’s throughout August. The museum also charges £5.50 for a day pass, but under 16s go free.
Call – 01872 272205
Royal Cornwall Museum,
Lunch – Country Cafe
After quite a filling morning, I found myself peckish for a light lunch. As the weather was so glorious, I stepped out of the museum and took myself across the road and into the Country Cafe. The Country Cafe is primarily a takeaway sandwich and salad bar, but also features a delightful upstairs and outdoors seating area. The sandwiches are all made to order, and with homemade fillings and fairly large portions, they are brilliant prices. Also, with takeaway hot and cold drinks, you can get your fill with food and drinks. The cafe also offers a delivery service around town for lunches.
Call – 01872 242568
20 River Street
Tucked behind River Street, Victoria Gardens was officially opened to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1898. With a steep south-facing garden, equipped with meandering paths and bursting with flora and fauna, the gardens are very popular with residents of the city who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle. The gardens also feature a bandstand that plays host to numerous bands over the summer months. Sitting in this green space really makes you feel as though the city has disappeared, yet the spires of the Cathedral still provide an excellent backdrop.
As the capital of Cornwall, Truro has one of the widest and largest diversity of shops in the county. Along with plenty of winding streets and cobbled alleys, Truro’s vibrant centre is centered around the connecting network of Pydar Street, Boscawen Street and Lemon Quay. Also, with a variety of hight street retailers that have put their only Cornish-branch outlets in this city, it has become the place for people to do seasonal shopping. My favourite places to go is the two storey high Waterstones, Preloved Boutique – a shop that specialises in pre-owned clothes from various retailers – and the diverse area of Pannier Market, where local businesses mix greengrocers, butchers, picture framing and electronic goods in a eclectic manner. With such a diverse number of high-street chains alongside local businesses, Truro offers the best of both worlds for consumers.
Afternoon Tea – The Baking Bird.
Fancy a pick-me-up? TheBaking Bird in Truro is a sweet little cakeshop/bakery located just a stone throws away from the Cathedral. Located in a Grade II listed building, The Baking Bird has been delighting customers everyday with its reasonable prices, vast selection of cakes, and offers speciality and bespoke mail-order cakes to be created for any celebration. I love the interior, with the comfortable and bright sofas and chandeliers offering a cosy break away from the city, and the staff have always been lovely and accommodating to any dietary requirement.
Call – 01872 277849
The Birdhouse Cakery,
2 Old Bridge Street
Dinner – Piero’s Ristorante and Pizzeria.
There are plenty of places to eat in Truro. From high-end and expensive eateries, down to family run establisments, Truro is home to a variety of good food. Also, with theatre nights coming from the Hall for Cornwall, Truro offers plenty of pre-show treats and post-show delights. One of my particular favourite spots is Piero’s Ristorante and Pizzeria. Just a short walk from the railway station, and with ample parking around, Piero’s is located centrally and offers a range of delicious Italian meals. From pizzas to pastas, and with a good selection of wine and alcohol, Piero’s still has that traditional vibe of good homemade food, a small team running the establishment and a connection to each customer they serve, Piero’s will guarantee to tingle your tastebuds. A varied takeaway menu is also an option, and ‘happy hours’ run everyday.
Call – 01872 222279
So that’s my Truro adventure. If you like what you’ve read, or have any suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me via our twitter page.