"A beautiful small city" Truro by colin_bramso

Truro Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 124 photos

There are many beautiful, historic towns and cities all over Britain. A favourite is Truro, way down in the far-southwest county of Cornwall. The West Country, as this area of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset is called, is a favourite holiday destination for Britons. It changes from softly rolling hills in Somerset to more hilly Devon to rocky and more dramatic Cornwall, each county a little different from the others, all of them blessed with natural beauty.

The city of Truro grew around the port, which was a perfect centre for merchants and manufacturing. This is tin mining country and the official stamping of tin dates from about 1300, by which time the town was well established.

The Black Death ravaged the town in the early fourteen hundreds, but it recovered to grow during the Tudor reign of King Henry V111 and Queen Elizabeth 1.

During the 18th Century it became a stylish, fashionable town, centre of the county's social life with many wealthy people owning town houses.

Today it has a population of around 20,000 and is the centre of the county's tourism industry. Many of the historic buildings have been preserved, and with so many being built with the local honey-coloured stone the city has a wonderful warm look and feel to it.

It's an excellent shopping centre, has a huge number of restaurants and cafes, and there's ample holiday accommodation in and around the city. Its central position makes it an ideal base for exploring all of Cornwall.

  • Last visit to Truro: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated Dec 1, 2011
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