Come rain or shine Truro is a fabulous city to visit and is only a 20 minute drive for our self catering villas on Atlantic Reach. Truro has something to offer everyone whatever the weather and whatever time of year. Called after Tri-veru meaning 3 rivers the historic market town of Truro began life as a Celtic village. Becoming a Norman settlement in the 12th century when a castle was built high on the hill where the majestic Crown Court now stands. Truro developed over the centuries with a bustling port and became a stannary town where tin was checked for quality and stamped. When tin prices rocketed in the 18th and 19th Century, wealthy mine owners moved into Truro and built elegant town houses, some of which are still there today. The city today hosts an architectural scene both eclectic and spectacular.
Dominating the skyline at the heart of Truro is the beautiful Anglian Cathedral and is one of only three cathedrals in the UK with three spires and the only one in Cornwall. The cathedral was built in the 1880′s in the Gothic revival architectural style and is breathtaking both inside and out. The cathedral is free to wander around and is full of interesting information and history, there is also a number of fun trails for families of all ages to enjoy.
The Royal Institute of Cornwall, the organisation that owns and manages the Royal Cornwall Museum and Courtney Library, was founded in 1818 for the “promotion of knowledge in natural history, ethnology and the fine and industrial arts, especially in relation to Cornwall”. Happily this is still the case. There is also a lovely cafe with great fresh local produce and a brilliant art shop. All through the summer holidays there are family friendly events planned so you can be creative and have fun.
If you like shopping, Truro will give you a really unique and enjoyable experience. As well as top national chains there are a huge range of fashionable boutiques, jewellery shops and quirky independent specialist shops all intertwined in delightful quaint lanes and cobbled streets. On Saturday you will find the famous farmers market in Lemon Quay filled with local produce, art, crafts, food and drink. Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped there are loads of great bars and restaurants to rest your feet.
Truro also has an abundance of recreation and leisure activities, why not try 10 pin bowling; a stroll around Victoria Gardens; a show at the Hall for Cornwall; a swim at Truro leisure centre; a ride on the King Harry ferry to Falmouth or a trip to the cinema. As the school summer holidays approach Truro will be hosting an array of family events, there really is something for everyone and Truro is not to be missed.