Relaxation, adventure, history, family fun or nature, there’s a little something for everyone in Truro.
If you’re planning a trip to Truro you’re probably wondering what there is to do or maybe you’ve already arrived and looking for a new activity.
The city has an abundance of offerings for all ages and all weather. Below you’ll find experiences entwined with Cornish heritage, entertainment for when it’s raining, and thrills and spills you’ll remember for years to come.
Everything in Truro revolves around the quite stunning Cathedral. It’s an iconic part of the city, standing tall and proud surrounded but historic streets. From virtually everywhere you’ll be able to spot the towering spires whether you’re in the heat of the city or standing on the surrounding hills. It’s no wonder that a visit here is the number 1 thing to do in Truro.
You can walk the exterior marvelling at the intricate Architecture built in the 19th Century. Relax in the peaceful gardens before stepping inside to take in the true grandeur under the arches.
Lemon Street Market
If you’re looking for retail therapy that starts at Lemon Street Market, it’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for a loved one. The indoor market is naturally lit from a glass ceiling and a bright interior filled with plants. The ground floor offers a selection of small retailers where you can spend forever browsing bespoke collections and items.
Adding to this, if you’re ready for refreshment, then head upstairs to the Fig Cafe for coffee and locally prepared food – fresh sandwiches, cakes, and salads await. Or treat yourself at Cafe Villa to a delicious mix of Filipino flavours, delicious cakes and other favourites.
Hall for Cornwall
The Hall for Cornwall in Truro is a renowned theatre that has been serving up legendary performances for since it was converted in 1997. Boasting an array of shows from stand-up comedy acts to family-friendly musicals, the Hall for Cornwall continues to enthral visitors from all around the world with its majestic beauty and wonderful entertainment.
Whether you’re a diehard fan of theatre or a casual aficionado, there’s something on offer at the Hall for Cornwall that’s sure to capture your imagination – not to mention their extensive bar and restaurant offering delicious food and drink during every show. There’s no better way to experience the best of Truro than by visiting this remarkable venue!
A secret world hides just metres from the City city centre. Stroll to Victoria Gardens for peace and quiet among the manicured plant life and a bubbling stream. It is laid on a South Facing slope and is filled with typical 19th century style as the tree and shrubs are intertwined with flowerbeds and pathways.
Initially created to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, the exotic gardens now provide a place for tranquillity and reflection. Wander around the weaving pathways until you arrive at the central bandstand where you can sit upon sunny benches. You can even grab a refreshment from the nearby coffee hut. Visit on a Sunday between 14.30 and 16.00 for the weekly band concert during summer.
If you’re looking for things to do in the rain in Truro, then your first port of call might well be the Plaza. This Cinema is not you’re typical Odeon or Vue. As you approach, it feels like you’re stepping back in time as the red lights set on white contrast against the grand-looking concrete building. In fact, the Plaza opened way back in 1936! Of course, it has undergone several refurbishments since then…
Happily, it shows all the latest blockbusters and has plenty of popcorn to go around. With 5 screens you should be able to find a suitable time for your chosen screening, although it’s best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Local Cornish Tours
Cornwall has a long list of different tours you can take in this county that is steeped in history. You could try a self-guided tour or book yourself onto something more official.
TV fans start with the Poldark tour which takes you through all the iconic sites in the series or maybe Doc Martin is more your speed by heading to Port Issac.
Or choose a tour guide to explore Cornwall’s mines, twisting roads, South West path, and hidden beaches close to Truro! If you fancy heading out on the waterways and out to see then head straight for a boat tour. Enjoy a unique sea route taking you past iconic maritime locations, cliff-top castles, historic houses and landmarks. Adding to this, you’ll get up close to an array of ocean-going vessels laid up at anchor on the Fal River.
Eat and Drink
One of my favourite things to do in Truro is enjoy a meal with friends and family. There’s an awesome selection of restaurants and bars to choose from at all times of day.
In the morning, walk along the sunny cobbled streets until you reach a cafe or coffee house that takes your fancy. Trust me when I say there’s a little surprise waiting around every corner and alley, just keep exploring until you need refreshment.
Once the day turns into the afternoon you’ll quickly smell the bakeries pulling Cornish pasties out of the oven. Just follow your nose! For something more substantial for lunch or dinner you can find everything from burgers to fine dining.
Hubbox puts together the best burgers in town with indoor and outdoor seating. While finer dining and seafood await at The Longstore and Tabbs, plus there’s always a Fish and Chip shop knocking around.
On a sunny day, families can head to Boscawen Park which has an enormous playground with everything you can imagine… we’re talking zip wires, roundabouts, climbing frames, swing sets and more. You can easily walk here along the river path on Malpas Road or take the 2 minute drive with easy parking.
While the kids play, grab yourself a coffee from the cafe by the tennis courts or across the way at Trennick Mill. You can hire a tennis court too if you fancy a knock up. Plus there is plenty of room to kick a ball around or even watch a few balls of cricket at Truro Cricket club.
Truro bowl is a little bit hidden away in an industrial park, but it’s a short 5 minute walk from the centre of the city. It’s as you would expect from a bowling alley, multiple lanes of 10-pin bowling… Of course, there’s a small bar and restaurant for something to nibble on while you bowl. Adding to this, there’s a number of pool tables and arcade machines while you wait.
The Celtic Tossers is an indoor axe throwing centre in the middle of Truro. It’s a great team-building or icebreaker activity for everyone. Perfect if you’re visiting on a stag or hen do, corporate trip, or the rain is pouring. Hey, it’s an even better place if you just want to throw an axe!
“1 hour sessions will include having a very talented Master Tosser with you for the duration to give you all the tuition you need to make sure you have the best time possible!”
Hendra Skate Park
Like to skate? Or your kid loves to tailwhip a scooter? Then check out the outdoor Hendra skatepark, it’s one of the best in the South West with pipes, jumps, steps, and a dedicated halfpipe.
It’s located in Hendra park next to the epic viaduct near St Georges road. So if you’re not on the skate park, you can relax on the nearby picnic tables and parklands.
Things to Do In Truro Summary
There’s too much to mention in one single article, but I hope the ideas above spark your excitement to keep you entertained during your visit to Truro.
Those looking to embrace Cornwall’s heritage should explore the iconic cathedral and Victoria Gardens before enjoying a Cornish pasty. Families can head over to Boscawen Park, Truro Bowl and Plaza cinema. While other groups could try their hand at axe throwing. and a brewery tour
Introducing Eliot, the Editor here and Cornwall local with a wanderlust spirit and an insatiable appetite for adventure. With a passion for the great outdoors, he can often be found catching waves on his surfboard, scaling peaks on a hiking trail, or discovering hidden gems in his exploration of Cornwall.