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Truro is Cornwall’s only city, a large administrative centre with a variety of local and mainstream shops to cater for the needs of the Cornwall cottage holidaymaker and a cathedral and museum, both of which are worthy of a visit. The narrow, cobbled streets of the town centre make a pleasant place to ramble, and are a throwback to past times, when the medieval town’s lanes had water channels known as ‘kennels’ trickling down them.
The cathedral soars above the town centre and is most widely noted for the quality of its Victorian stained glass windows and its colourful Jacobean tombs. The Royal Cornwall Museum houses a varied collection of exhibits, those from Cornwall’s past provide an appropriate background for a visit to the region, whilst those from further afield vary from the Egyptian gallery complete with mummy to Old Masters in the fine art gallery, and displays of decorative art, Roman artefacts and Renaissance items. The widest choice of places to wine and dine is to be found in the area around Kenwyn Street, offering everything from pubs, bars and small, independent bistros to more established mainstream chain restaurants. During the summer months, passenger ferries depart from the quayside for a scenic river crossing to Falmouth, the city’s traditional rival across the picturesque Carrick Roads estuary.
Visitor attractions in the Truro area include Trelissick Gardens, a superb estate featuring subtropical plants and trees and lovingly crafted lawns bordering the beautiful River Fal and Carrick Roads estuary. The property is run by the National Trust, and although the original estate house is not open, the sumptuous gardens provide ample interest and you will also find a shop, plant sales and craft gallery. Nearby Trewithen Gardens are also well worth visiting. With a tea rooms and children’s play area making it family-friendly, the gardens here extend some thirty acres beyond the seventeenth century manor house, and feature superb displays of camellia, magnolia and rhododendrons which flourish in Cornwall’s mild climate.
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