As Cornwall’s one and only city, Truro is a hub for the county and is perfectly located to explore this stunning and mystical region. A historic stannary town, Truro is well known for its great Cathedral, cobbled streets, independent shops and Georgian architecture.
The city has an active calendar of events with wonderful festivals, markets and exhibitions including Truro City of Lights which marks the start of the festive season with schools and the local community parading homemade lanterns through the dark, cobbled streets.
Perfect for those who enjoy shopping, Truro is popular for its eclectic offering of different gifts shops and markets, as well as the usual bigger brand retail outlets. There are also many different pubs and restaurants to choose from with a lively night-life. The city benefits from a mainline train station making it easily accessible from London and the North as well as being well located to discover the rest of Cornwall.
Nearby Falmouth on the South coast is a popular seaside town with many beaches and watersport opportunities. Falmouth is also home to various pubs and restaurants serving locally caught seafood. In the other direction, a short drive North of Truro is Perranporth with miles of sandy beaches and the popular Perranporth Golf Course.
A holiday cottage in Truro is a great base for a cosmopolitan break in Cornwall, whilst the county's rural and coastal charms are still within easy reach.
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From wildlife watching to coastal safaris, FalRiver offers some of the most unique and wonderful boat trips in Cornwall, exploring the UK’s spectacular waters. Orca sea safaris under the guidance of a cheering and informative skipper will give you an education in local history and conservation seeing dolphins, sea birds and seals along the way and learning about the unique climate created by the Atlantic in this particular corner of the world. Head out on a number of boat trips from the Coastal Explorer to Bay Discovery or charter your own boat for an individual or private group trip. They offer everything from two-hour trips to exclusive birthday, corporate or hen/stag dos – the world is your oyster.
There’s a thin arc of sand and shingle to flop on here at Falmouth’s most northerly beach, but that’s not the main attraction … at low tide a wide expanse of rock pools is exposed where kids and adults alike can spend hours discovering the watery pools packed with miniature sea life. Diving and snorkelling are popular here too, with plenty to see in the clear waters beyond the rocks. If you forget your bucket and net you can buy one at the beachside café, also serving drinks, ice creams and sandwiches that can be enjoyed on their large sundeck with lovely sea views. Keep an eye on the tide times though as at high tide the majority of the beach can be covered. There’s no lifeguard or car park, but plenty of parking along the road running parallel to the beach. Dogs allowed from October to Easter Sunday.
With its impressive crescent of sand, great amenities and Blue Flag status, it’s no wonder Gyllyngvase Beach is one of the most popular in the area. Found just south of Falmouth town centre this beach is ideal for families, and with its calm seas and gently sloping sand is a good spot for kayaking and paddleboarding too. Local company WESUP are based here offering wetsuit and equipment hire and SUP activities for all ages and abilities. And nearby is the acclaimed Gylly Beach Café with its sun terrace built out over the beach, fantastic views and a menu packed full of local seafood. There’s lifeguard cover from May to September, a large car park and public toilets. Dogs allowed from October to Easter Sunday.
A lovely sandy cove on the outskirts of Falmouth with lots of sand and clear water for swimming. If relaxing on the sand’s not your thing though, the beach backs onto Swanpool Nature Reserve where you can walk dogs on leads or feed the ducks and swans, and there’s also a beach cafe, kayak hire and 18 hole crazy golf course. Dogs allowed from October to Easter Sunday
A scenic sweep of golden sand flanked by cliffs, this family friendly beach looks out across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle and the lighthouse at St Anthony Head. There’s plenty of sand and shallow water which is great for children and excellent facilities, including a cafe selling great food and beach equipment, plus toilets and car park. Maenporth is also a lovely spot to launch a kayak or paddleboard, both of which can be hired on the beach during summer months. Dogs allowed from October to Easter Sunday.