Truro is a city located in the wonderful county of Cornwall in the south of England. Famed for its history with tin mining, the city is now a pleasant shopping destination as well as a popular tourist location. Hire a car in Truro to explore the beautiful coast or explore the many beautiful towns which surround it. As the county's administrative centre, Truro has been very wealthy in the past and this is demonstrated by the grand Georgian architecture that abounds. Cornwall's major airport at Newquay is around 20 miles north and the city is also within easy reach of miles of rugged coastline as well as Atlantic beaches that offer some of the best surfing conditions in the UK.
Truro Cathedral is a typically idiosyncratic Cornish landmark. If you stand at either end of the building and look down its length you will see that there is a distinct bend in the middle - your eyes aren't deceiving you, it really does have a 6 foot deviation. This was due to the fact that, if the building was built straight, then another landowners land would have needed to be bought. The city is also home to the Royal Cornwall Museum where you'll find collections of art ranging from drawings from past masters to works by contemporary Cornish artists. There's also a collection of Bronze Age items and an Egyptian gallery which includes the mummified remains of the Priest Ast Tayef Nakht. Victoria Gardens were originally opened to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and have a bandstand where there's often live music in the summer. They lead to Waterfall Gardens where you can enjoy a gentle stroll by the River Kenwyn. Hiring a car in Truro will also mean you'll be able to visit Land's End, the mainland UK's most southerly point, and stop off at the spectacular St Michael's Mount with its Marazion Castle and gardens when you're on the way.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed
Address: Station Road, Cornwall
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