Truro, in Cornish, Truru, is Cornwall's administrative centre, the site of its cathedral and a thriving shopping centre. It lies at the head of the Truro River which flows into the Fal River on Cornwall's south coast.
The name is thought variously to mean three streets, three rivers, castle on the river or people of the river crossing.
Truro has a long and interesting history. In the Middle Ages it was a medieval borough and one of Cornwall's Stannary towns, where smelted tin was tested for its quality. The Stannary Courts continued here until the mid nineteenth century.
Truro's position on the confluence of the rivers Allen and Kenwyn, with the resultant Truro River flowing to the sea at Falmouth, ensured that it has always been an important port.
During the Civil War, the Royalists established a Mint at Truro.
In 1877 Truro was given the honour of becoming a city and became the site of Cornwall's cathedral.
This impressive building, designed by the architect, J.L. Pearson, constructed in granite, stands at the heart of Truro in an area known as High Cross.
The High Cross, a Wheel Headed Wayside Cross, can be seen mounted on its new granite shaft, where it was re-erected in the late 1980's.
Truro has many fine Georgian buildings with Lemon Street, Strangeways Terrace and the attractive late Georgian crescent, Walsingham Place, being notable sites.
Famous People Born in Truro
A monument to the explorer, Richard Lander, stands at the top of Lemon Street.
This famous Cornish son was born in Truro at the old Fighting Cocks Inn. He and his brother, John Lander are noted for recording the course of the Niger River.
Film and TV in Truro
A number of films have been filmed around Truro
About Time (2013)
Scenes in the Cornish Riviera (1904)
Welcome To Curiosity (2014)
What You Will
The Tourist Information Office is located at:
The Municipal Buildings, Boscawen Street, Truro.
Tel: +44 (0)1872 274555
Truro is located in West Cornwall.
For visitors travelling by road from the M5 and A30, it is easily accessed from the A30 trunk road via the A39 or A390.
Visitors travelling from the ferry at Plymouth use the A38 and A390 or the A38, A30 and A39.
Truro Train Station is located on the edge of the city. First Great Western and CrossCountry trains stop here. Change at Truro Station for trains to Falmouth.
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