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Truro is the capital of Cornwall, a proudly independent region in England’s deepest southwest. It’s a beautiful place, with the UK’s best surfing, plenty of good hiking and many more outdoor activities to get stuck into. Truro itself is just as picturesque, with quaint Georgian architecture, a towering three-spired cathedral and a high street that buzzes with independent traders as well as all the usual national retailers.
Book a hire car in Truro and you can explore this wild and rugged region at your own pace. If you’re visiting to surf, it’s the ideal way to access many of the region’s best spots; if you’d prefer to explore the area’s history, eat at one of the many top class restaurants or just lose yourself among the coves and cliffs of one of the UK’s best coastlines, a rental car will prove invaluable.
Most visitors will fly into Truro via Newquay Cornwall Airport, about 30 minutes north when you take the A30. From there it’s easy to get around Cornwall and further afield, with Falmouth (30 minutes) Newquay (30 minutes) and Exmouth (two hours) all within striking distance.
The main providers of rental cars in Truro are Hertz and Europcar. They have plenty of choice though, whether you’re looking for a surf-ready van or an SUV with plenty of grip to handle those beachside roads.
Most people who come to Truro will head straight to that grand, three-spired cathedral. It was built in the Gothic Revival style, and it’s much younger than it looks, at just over 100 years old. Entry is free, although visitors are asked to leave a small donation.
About a five-minute walk from the cathedral is the Royal Cornwall Museum. It’s the area’s largest museum and a fascinating place where you can explore Cornwall’s industrial history through interactive exhibits, images, and firsthand accounts. There are also installations exploring world history; at the time of research the museum was hosting a major exhibit on ancient Egypt. Check online to see what will be on during your visit.
Cornwall is perhaps best known for its craggy coastline and natural attractions, and the stretch around Truro has received official recognition as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as offering excellent swimming and surfing (Fistral beach, about 30 minutes north of Truro is probably the UK’s most popular surf beach), the whole coastline is ideal for walkers and ramblers.
If you’ve driven elsewhere in the UK, Truro won’t present anything out of the ordinary. Drive on the left, keep to local speed limits, and keep your ID, driver’s licence and insurance documents in the car with you at all times.
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