Truro is Cornwall's only city and has developed to become the main retail and entertainment centre for the region. But despite the importance of the city to Cornwall as a whole, Truro is relatively small, with narrow streets that are lined with shops and art galleries, pubs and restaurants, all waiting to be discovered. There's also a varied programme of events throughout the year, and - this being Cornwall - spectacular countryside right on the doorstep.
The Gothic towers of Truro Cathedral dominate the skyline of this Cornish city, and many of Truro's attractions can be found in the cathedral's shadow. They are mostly within walking distance of each other. Truro's Georgian streets are packed with independent shops to explore, some great historic pubs, and fine restaurants. Food-lovers should make sure they check out the Truro Farmers' Market, which is held on Lemon Quay on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Truro has plenty to offer those interested in art and culture. There are a number of excellent galleries to explore, especially around Lemon Street - the Lemon Street Gallery itself is one of the best. The city also boasts the Royal Cornwall Museum, which houses a strong selection of Fine Art in its permanent collection, along with exhibits on Natural History, Cornish History and the legendary Cornish Giant.
The main entertainment venue in town is the Hall for Cornwall, which hosts live music, theatre and dance performances. The Visit Truro Information Centre next door is your best bet for finding out about the many events that take place in the city throughout the year. Truro is also an excellent base for exploring the surrounding countryside, including the beautiful Roseland Heritage Coast.
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