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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Castle Beach
(8 miles)

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.

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Gyllynvase Beach
(9 miles)

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.

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Swanpool Beach
(9 miles)

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

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Porthtowan Beach
(9 miles)

A large sandy beach near the pretty village of St Agnes which is regularly awarded Blue Flag status. There are family-friendly beach shops and bars and a surf shop making it the perfect place to chill-out and enjoy the Cornish sea-side.

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Maenporth Beach
(10 miles)

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.

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