Cornwall’s only city and yet Truro retains the feel more of a large town, the quaint cobbled streets in its centre giving it an historic feel, only heightened by the looming presence of The Cathedral at its centre.
The administrative capital of the county, Truro sits at the head of Carrick Roads, the picturesque creeks and inlets which mean the River Fal is negotiable from Falmouth all the way to the city. Boats still moor up at its commercial and leisure harbours, but the water is very tidal here and, as such, the city’s influence as a port has waned over the years.
Nonetheless, it remains a thriving business and commercial hub with attractive streets, a fine choice of dining out establishments and a busy leisure scene. The ever-present river provides plenty of opportunity for waterside living too.
What a property buying agent can purchase
£1m buys: An extensive four-bedroom house close to the city centre, or a three-bedroom property just outside the city with river frontage.
£2m buys: Your own holiday letting complex in the countryside surrounding the city, with rental income opportunity.
£3m buys: six to eight-bedroom manor house and extensive grounds.
Best hotels in Truro
Mannings Hotel (www.manningshotels.co.uk) is a stylish city centre premises, offering stylish rooms or comfortable apartments separate from the man building. The Alverton (www.thealverton.co.uk) is a grand, imposing manor house to the edge of the city centre which has been subject to an extensive modernisation programme which means it now offers splendid accommodation. The County Arms (www.countyarmstruro.co.uk) is a stylish and modern pub/restaurant close to the heart of the city.
Best restaurants in Truro
Bustopher Jones (www.bustopher-jones.co.uk) is a laid back, bright and modern cocktail bar and restaurant with a menu making the most of local produce. Try the restaurant at Mannings Hotel (www.manningshotels.co.uk) for sizzling platters brought to your table and some inspired twists on classics. Chantek (www.chantek.co.uk) is an award-winning Asian fusion eaterie.
Best schools in Truro
Truro High School (www.trurohigh.co.uk) is a mainstream independent school for girls aged 11 to 19 which has a first class reputation and academic record. Truro School (www.truroschool.com) espouses its Christian values as the bedrock of the education it provides for pupils aged from 11 to 18.
Buying agent fact
The Roseland Peninsular is a delightful collection of creeks, hamlets and coastal villages situated just a short distance from the city…an even shorter distance if you catch the iconic chain link King Harry Ferry, which traverses a large, deep creek offering stunning views as you while away the five-minute crossing.
How to get to Truro from London
Train: 4hr 40 mins, direct train from Truro to London Paddington
Car: Just under five hours using the M4/M5
Helicopter: 2 hours from Battersea Heliport.