Truro

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The city of Truro is the perfect spot for a cosmopolitan break in Cornwall, whilst also being well-located to explore the stunning coast and countryside of this mystical region.

About Truro

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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iWalk Cornwall

iWalk Cornwall
(Less than a mile)

With more than 200 walks created between two and ten miles long, iWalk Cornwall is a carefully-crafted circular walks and a guided mobile app and website providing detailed walking routes, directions, photos and information to inspire you to explore the best of Cornwall while you’re on holiday. It’s easy to use, and essentially a private tour guide on your phone, describing when and what to do next while out and about, and giving you information about the local area as you walk around the route. The app is a social enterprise run on charitable principles, and the idea is to give you a fuss free way of exploring this beautiful part of the world.

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Walking in Cornwall
(Less than a mile)

Providing a series of free walks across the UK, including Cornwall, Walking in England has a dedicated section for our wonderful corner of the West Country, with maps to print and download to explore the area on foot. One of the main reasons people come to visit this part of the world is because of the beautiful natural scenery, so while you’re here it’s a good idea to get out the walking boots and set off on a hearty jaunt. Bring your map, because a lack of mobile signal is one of the things we like the most in Cornwall, and take it all in because it’s even better in reality than it is in the pictures.

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Adventure Activities Cornwall

Adventure Activities Cornwall
(Less than a mile)

Adventure Activities Cornwall really does what it says on the tin – it’s a comprehensive guide to activities in the area, that gives you all the information you need to find adventure sports and extreme sports in the great Cornish outdoors. Surfing, kayaking, sailing, go karting, body boarding, kite surfing, land and sea, you name it and it’s on there, providing an extremely helpful resource for adrenaline junkies looking to get up close and personal with this part of the world, all thanks to one enthusiast on an adventure-seeking mission.

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Notackle Required
(Less than a mile)

Fishing is a beautiful way to experience the calm quiet and outdoor beauty of Cornwall, and whether you are an accomplished coarse fisherman or would like to give it a go for the first time, Notackle Required offers all inclusive fishing seven days a week. On a pristine Cornish lake near Truro that’s stocked with Carp, Rudd and Roach, the team supply eight-meter poles, pole rigs, all bait, seats, landing nets, fishing umbrellas, disgorgers, all tackle set up, all day support and technical help for your day out, so you just need to rock up with a big smile and lots of enthusiasm. A lovely day out for the family, a group of friends or solo travellers, the site is open seasonally and prices vary.

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Fal River
(4 miles)

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.

http://www.falriver.co.uk/

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Mannings Bar & Restaurant
(Less than a mile)

Mannings is the place to go for relaxed, modern dining accompanied by an extensive wine list and glamourous cocktails.

Mannings Bar & Restaurant, Mannings Hotel, 80 Lemon St, Truro TR1 2QB (T: 01872 270345)

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The Old Grammar School
(Less than a mile)

Stylishly eccentric, The Old Grammar School's focus is on the finest cocktails, good music and delicious, uncomplicated food.

The Old Grammar School, 19 St Mary's St, Truro TR1 2AF (T: 01872 278559)

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Craftworks Street Kitchen
(Less than a mile)

A cool urban diner housed in a converted shipping container serving delicious South American street food and gourmet burgers.  Fast friendly service and sunny outside seating area. 

Craftworks Street Kitchen Lemon Quay House, Lemon Quay, Truro TR1 2PU (T: 07742 875468)

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Kathmandu Palace
(Less than a mile)

Cosy, relaxed Nepalese restaurant that also offers Indian cuisine.  Ranked in the top 50 curry houses in the UK, beautifully kept and set on the river, it's well worth a visit.

Kathmandu Palace, 19A Old Bridge St, Truro TR1 2AH (T: 01872 241330)

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Saffron Restaurant
(Less than a mile)

A warmly decorated restaurant with cosy booths, perfect for a meal before a trip to the theatre, cinema or cathedral. 

Saffron Restaurant, 5 Quay St, Truro TR1 2HB (T: 01872 263771)

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Polruan Back Beach
(19 miles)

In the heart of Polruan, Back Beach is not short of facilities and nearby shops and restaurants.  A pretty little beach that’s popular with families, it has beautiful views across the river to Fowey and is a lovely place to watch the world go by with all the boats pottering along in front of you.  It’s predominantly a sand beach, leading to a sheltered section of the river, so it’s good for swimming, but there aren’t any lifeguards around.  The only complication for access is that it’s very difficult to park in the village, and it’s a considerable walk down the steep hill from the car park at St Saviours, or a ferry ride across the river from Fowey.  Therefore, it’s best to combine a visit with a day exploring the village itself to make the most of it.

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Lantivet Bay
(21 miles)

Between Polruan and Polperro along the coastal path, Lantivet Bay is only accessible at low tide when a sand and pebble beach is revealed.  Parking is in the National Trust car park at Polruan, where there are toilets as well, but there aren’t any facilities closer to the beach itself.  Dogs are allowed all year round, which is lovely as it’s the perfect beach to incorporate into a walk.  The National Trust recommends a charming circular route, starting in the car park and taking in 2.4 miles of beautiful bays and surrounding landscape, and giving you the chance to explore the area with its rich smuggling heritage.

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Port Quin
(24 miles)

A rocky beach in a narrow, sheltered cove, Port Quin Beach is close to Port Isaac, and is only accessible at low tide.  Its rugged landscape is beautiful to see, but its location means that it’s largely popular with seasoned walkers and those looking to go snorkeling and kayaking.  Unspoiled and peaceful, it reveals a treasure trove of rock pools when the tide is out, and the nearby village is largely deserted, having once had thriving fishing and mining industries.  Today both the cove and the village are owned by the National Trust and there is a car park courtesy of them in Port Quin.  Dogs are banned between Easter and October, and there aren’t any facilities nearby – it’s all about enjoying the peace and quiet.

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Polperro Beach
(25 miles)

In South East Cornwall, Polperro is widely thought to be one of the area’s most picturesque fishing villages.  Brimming with whitewashed cottages all the way down the harbour, the beach sits in a sheltered position under the cliffs, only visible at low tide and close to the harbour.  Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular destination and can get busy in the summer months.  Dogs are not permitted at the beach during peak season, from Easter to October, and while parking in the village itself is all but impossible, but there’s a large car park about a mile up the valley with a regular shuttle service going up and down the hill.

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Port Isaac Beach
(25 miles)

Since the arrival of Doc Martin on the small screen, Port Isaac has soared in popularity, and the pretty little village with the historic harbour, which also serves as the beach, has become instantly recognisable.  Still an active fishing village with crab pots scattered about, the sand stretches between twin piers at low tide and has a small stream and lots of rock pools to explore, so it’s ideal for children.  Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, and as it’s at the centre of the village there’s easy access to shops and all facilities including public toilets.  The car park for the town is a 10-minute walk away, and while there are a couple of parking spaces on the beach itself, just make sure you park above the high water mark, or keep an eagle eye on the tide!    

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