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Truro
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Truro which includes heritage architecture

Cornwall’s capital city offers excellent shopping and dining, along with lovely Georgian houses and interesting museums. 

Truro is a bustling commercial city with a lively center filled with cafés and shops. Cornwall’s only true city, Truro can trace its history back more than 800 years. Stroll through the town’s pleasant pedestrianized center, check out its imposing cathedral and admire its elegant 18th-century homes.

It’s impossible to miss the green spire of Truro Cathedral, which dominates the city center. Completed in 1910, the cathedral was built on the site of 16th-century St. Mary’s Church. The parish church was incorporated into the cathedral’s design to serve as its Lady Chapel. Admire the cathedral’s Gothic Revival architecture and especially the Victorian stained-glass windows inside.

Set in a Georgian building, the Royal Cornwall Museum features a number of permanent displays focused on Cornwall’s history. Don’t miss the museum’s small gallery, which includes works by Stanhope Forbes and Anthony van Dyck. Look for interesting torques, metal neck chains worn by the Celts. Browse through the excellent photo collection of more than 50,000 images dating between 1845 and the present. Head upstairs to the Egyptian section to see the museum’s unwrapped 25th-dynasty mummy.

Walk down Lemon Street to see beautiful Georgian mansions built during the city’s prosperous past. Notice the pale stone used for the houses’ façades, a rare feature in Cornwall. Follow Lemon Street toward the Lander Monument, a 19th-century column honoring the Lander brothers, local explorers known for discovering the source of the Niger.

Check out the cafés, delis and barbers in the large indoor Lemon Street Market. The Lander Gallery on the first floor is touted as having the county’s largest collection of classic and contemporary Cornish art. The town also hosts a local farmers market in the piazza at Lemon Quay on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Ride National Express coach routes to Truro from cities across the U.K. or take the train directly from London Paddington, South Wales and Scotland. Newquay is the closest airport to the city.

The Ship and Castle
The Ship and Castle
3 out of 5
THE WATERFRONT, SAINT MAWES, Truro, England
The price is £134 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Situated on the beach, this hotel is steps away from St. Mawes Beach and Roseland Visitor Centre. St. Mawes Castle and Cellars Beach are also within 2 miles ...
3.4/5 (77 reviews)
avoid unless under £50 a night
"Dirty room, asked for a double bed, got 2 singles and when pushing the beds together found dust, dirt and old food, room not like pictures, the parking was 5 mins away and had to pay, not free like advertised on hotels.com staff were lovely, only redeeming feature"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

The Ship and Castle
The City Inn
The City Inn
3 out of 5
Pydar Street, Truro, England
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Situated in Truro, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Truro Cathedral, Royal Cornwall Museum and Hall for Cornwall. Killiow Golf Club is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) ...
3.8/5Good! (79 reviews)
"Great central location. Lovely room with en suite. Bed very comfortable. Breakfast adequate but not special. Very helpful staff and a good ambience. Would stay again although the website states free parking and the nearby car park is pay and display."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

The City Inn
The Alverton
The Alverton
4 out of 5
Tregolls Road, Truro, England
The price is £199 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Situated in Truro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Truro Cathedral, Hall for Cornwall and Royal Cornwall Museum. Killiow Golf Club and Trelissick Gardens ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (395 reviews)
"The property was extremely clean and the staff were always helpful I would defo stay again x"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2020

The Alverton
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La Reserve Aparthotel
La Reserve Aparthotel
4 out of 5
7 Ducie Street, Manchester, England
The price is £71 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Located in Manchester City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Affleck's Palace and Manchester Arndale. Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (439 reviews)
"Great stay friendly staff very clean"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

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SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is £85 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (709 reviews)
"Its in beautiful Bath and it feels like a Georgian Bath Property to stay in."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £104 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,059 reviews)
"Very well organised with regard to Covid checks, so felt secure. We were visiting York as we were house hunting, and they were very polite in requesting proof of this. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
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