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Just 10 miles from St Austell, and an easy place to stop off and visit when staying at Trenython Manor, the busy cathedral city of Truro enjoys a rich history with several churches and buildings dating back over 800 years.
The city rose to prominence as an inland port during the industrial boom of the 18th and 19th centuries. During the same period, Truro also gained importance as an assay centre for the flourishing tin and copper mining industries, whose wealthy owners built themselves a series of elegant Georgian and Regency-style town houses, which can still be admired today for their beautifully proportioned architecture.
Truro’s most instantly recognisable building is its marvellous cathedral – with its unusual green spire – built in the gothic-revival style between 1880 and 1910 on the site of the 16th century church of St Mary the Virgin. Parts of the original church remain as part of the cathedral’s south aisle, which is considered by many to be one of Cornwall’s best examples of medieval architecture.
Lemon Street is home to some of the best Georgian houses west of Bath and climbs from the largely pedestrianised centre of Truro up to the Lander Memorial, which was erected in 1835 to honour the Lander brothers, local explorers who eventually went out and discovered the source of the River Nile in Africa.
Truro has become the main Cornish centre for retailers, and alongside the high street chains there are many speciality shops and boutiques waiting to be discovered among the network of narrow little streets.The popular, indoor Pannier Market opens throughout the year and features interesting stalls and small craftwork businesses while the city centre is also garnering something of a reputation as a focal point for foodies, with a good selection of trendy cafés and bistros. Nightlife is also increasingly popular with a growing number of bars, clubs and quality restaurants.
The Royal Cornwall Museum – the oldest in Cornwall – houses a number of fascinating archaeological and geological collections that depict Cornish history and culture going back to ancient times, including the so-called Arthur’s inscribed stone, while the city’s art gallery regularly hosts exhibitions from local and visiting artists.Truro is also blessed with some lovely open spaces and parks, among them the Victoria Gardens, Boscawen Park and Daubuz Moors.