The picturesque city of Truro is the most southerly city in Britain, and as a centre for tourism welcomes thousands each year to this beautiful part of Cornwall. With so much to offer visitors can explore its cobbled streets and attractions such as the amazing Truro Cathedral and Royal Cornwall Museum, as well as savouring the spectacular scenery of the city whether on foot or by river boat. With countless tea houses and restaurants and great shopping to, you will be spoilt for choice with things to do in this award winning city.
Early settlements in Truro date back to Norman times, and the area was once home to a castle built by Richard de Luci, who was Chief of the Justice in the 12th century. Due to its location Truro was a thriving commercial centre and it played an important role in both Cornish copper and tin mining, and as well as its fishing industry Truro was widely recognised for its wool production. This prosperity was reflected in the wealthy and notable residents which were attracted to the area, and the many grand buildings that were constructed within it, resulting in some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture many of which were built by William Lemon, and are located in Lemon Street.
Truro Cathedral which dominates the skyline of the city dates back to 20th May 1880 when the first foundation stone was laid upon the site where the Church of St Mary’s had stood since 1259. Work began on the Cathedral following the establishment of the Diocese of Truro, and the design of the Cathedral incorporated the existing church building avoiding the need for demolition. The magnificent Cathedral is 1 of only 3 in the UK which features 3 spires and following its completion City Status was granted to Truro by Queen Victoria in 1877.
Truro is a historic and cultural city and as such has also been a focus in popular culture.
Films & TV
Indian Bride is a movie based on a novel by Cornish author Rosamunde Pilcher, in 2013 extensive filming took place across the city of Truro for this film adaptation, just one of many of Pilcher’s novels to be transferred to the big screen and which have used Truro as a prime location for filming.
Doc Martin which stars Martin Clunes is a popular TV series which is filmed in various locations throughout Cornwall, including scenes filmed at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
The Hungry Sailors (2013) followed Dick Strawbridge and his son James as they voyaged around Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Isles exploring the beauty of the area as well as cooking culinary delights on board using locally sourced ingredients, filming for part of this series took place in Truro.
Richard Lemon Lander was born in Truro on the 8th February 1804. Lander became a famous explorer of Western Africa having completed numerous trips to the area some of which he completed together with his brother. It was during one of these trip that Lander famously discovered the source of the River Niger in Africa.
James Marsh is the award winning director whose many works have included Wisconsin Death Trip, Man on Wire which won a BAFTA and Academy Award, and more recently Shadow Dancer which starred Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen. Marsh was born in Truro on 30 April 1963 and currently lives in Denmark.
Henry Louis Gibson was born in Truro in 1906 and became a pioneer in medical photography including the use of infrared radiation, and was responsible for introducing the technology in the treatment of breast cancer. Gibson received the Louis Schmidt Award for his pioneering work, the highest honour of the Biological Photographic Association for which he was also became President.
Royal Cornwall Museum
The Royal Cornwall Museum is located in River Street and features a vast array of collections which have been accumulated over the last 200 years. Visitors can explore prehistoric Cornwall, as well as social history and archaeology collections which include Roman, Grecian and Egyptian artefacts. Science and invention exhibits also feature in this the oldest Museum in Cornwall.
The Hall For Cornwall
Another Truro Landmark is the Hall For Cornwall, built in 1846 it was originally the location of Truro’s Town Hall, Police Station, Courts and Cells and fire brigade. Following a devastating fire which took place in 1914 the Hall was eventually rebuilt and after further redevelopment in the early 1990’s today is a high tech venue and hosts a vast range of productions for all to enjoy.
Dating back to 1830 Alverton Manor is a Grade II listed building the East Wing of which was built to provide a home for William Tweedy and his family. Tweedy later opened the beautiful gardens at Alverton to the public and he became President of the Horticultural Society. In later years Alverton became a convent and work began on the Chapel which today is known as the Great Hall. Alverton was converted into a hotel in the 1980’s and is a popular venue with guests able to view the magnificent gardens from their bedroom windows.