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Visitor information for Truro in Cornwall

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By the 14th century, Truro was an important stannary town, one of five in Cornwall where copper and tin was assayed. But it was in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the port was at its busiest and prosperous mine owners built elegant homes for their families, that Truro really became THE place to be for the cream of society.

In 1880 the foundation stones for the cathedral were laid on the site of the 16th century parish church of St Mary the Virgin. Completed in 1910 the cathedral remains an active part of the local community, welcoming people from all over the world.

Other buildings of note include Coinage Hall; City Hall, home to the Tourist Information Centre; and the Royal Cornwall Museum, originally the Truro Savings Bank. The Royal Cornwall is the county's oldest museum, and it's here that you can discover more about the area's unique culture.

Entertainment for all is held in The Hall for Cornwall theatre complex, where audiences can enjoy a wide range of shows that include top comedy acts, dance, theatre and music of all genres.

As the main shopping centre for west Cornwall, Truro has all the usual high street names as well as lots of small, individual shops. Vibrant Lemon Quay has pavement cafes that offer visitors the opportunity to watch the world go by. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the local farmers hold their weekly market here, just the place to stock up on some of Cornwall's best produce. These are complemented by art, craft and drink fairs which add even more enjoyment to Truro’s shopping experience.

The city’s parks and gardens provide a mix of wonderful plants and trees as well as offering sporting amenities. Sitting beside the river Kenwyn, Victoria Gardens are filled with exotic trees, shrubs and flowers, and on summer Sundays concerts are held in the bandstand.
Boscawen Park is the city's primary open space and a popular spot for sport lovers. With tennis courts, cricket and football pitches and plenty of space for children to play it's ideal for those with plenty of energy to burn.

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