22nd August 2014
Truro, the Capital City of Cornwall, and Britain’s most southerly city combines the best of cobbled streets, culture and Cornish cuisine.
If you’re looking for a little retail therapy whilst on holiday, Truro is the place to go. Mixing well known high street brands, such as Jaeger, The White Company and Joules, with local cafes and boutique shops, Truro offers shoppers a cosmopolitan day out.
Starting in Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro, we took in the Georgian architecture of Hall for Cornwall, the historic theatre that shows everything from West End musicals to rock concerts to amateur dramatics. Basking in sunshine, you can sit outdoors in the Quay and enjoy a Cornish Cream Tea, or two, to muster up the energy to shop till you drop.
Taking off down one of the many cobbled streets in Truro, it’s time to shop, with the beautiful Cathedral towering high above the roof tops. It seems from every angle in Truro you can see at least some of the Cathedral, proudly sitting as Truro’s most iconic landmark.
After exploring the bustling streets of Truro we couldn’t resist a look inside the Cathedral.
Built over 30 years from 1880, Truro Cathedral was the first to be built on a new site in England since 1220. Built during the Gothic revival era using stone quarried by the people of Cornwall, Truro Cathedral resembles that of Lincoln Cathedral.
Free guided tours run Monday- Thursday at 11am and every Friday at 11.30am.
Walking through the aisles, the monumental stain glass windows all tell a story and fill the Cathedral with subdued, elegant light.
Before we knew it lunch time was calling. Just outside the Cathedral is the brand new local ‘Midtown Deli & Café‘. We stopped off for a slice of flapjack and iced coffee, whilst sitting in the large window watching the world go by.
Midtown Deli & Café serves and sells a great range of local produce. With huge sandwiches, homemade soup and extremely tempting cakes on offer it’s a great place to take a break and recoup for more shopping and sight seeing.
Top tip: Duck down the many side streets and alley ways in Truro, you never know what boutique shops you might find.