Planning a trip to Cornwall and wondering where to stay in Truro? This post has your back!
Truro is Cornwall’s only city and its county town. While it’s certainly not the most popular holiday destination in the county, it’s arguably the best place to visit in Cornwall for Cornish culture, and its central location means that it is easy to reach lots of other Cornwall attractions.
There are a few things to do in Truro city, including a guided or self-guided tour, its majestic cathedral, and the contemporary Lemon Street Market. You can also easily enjoy the River Fal from here, as well as numerous cycle routes that are reachable on two wheels from the city centre.
And of course, there are a lot of places to visit near Truro. It’s close to both coasts, meaning villages like Mousehole and Port Isaac are both in reach, as well as attractions like St Michael’s Mount, Minack Theatre and Pendennis Castle, and if you fancy a hike, Bodmin Moor is just a short drive.
All of this means that Truro is one of the best places to stay in Cornwall, particularly if you want to see another side of the county that isn’t just beachy towns, or if you are on a road trip around Cornwall. You can choose between cosy Cornish inns in the city centre, modern hotels, or lodges and cottages in Truro’s surrounding nature!
If you’re wondering where to stay in Truro, we’ve put together our shortlist.
The best places to stay in Truro: a run down
Truro centre is hardly a metropolis, but there are some urban attractions in the city centre. Truro Cathedral is the only one of its kind in the whole of Cornwall, and it has stunning architecture; it is a striking landmark of the city and well worth visiting.
To learn more about culture, the Royal Cornwall Museum is also fascinating. There are also many eating, drinking, and shopping opportunities in Truro, including the fantastic Lemon Street Market.
And of course, the centre has an easy to reach the train station. If you are visiting Cornwall without a car, it might be prudent to stay in Truro centre as there are direct trains from London, Exeter and Plymouth and you can take trains from here to other destinations. Truro has direct rail links to Penzance, Falmouth and St Erth (5 miles from St Ives).
Hotels in Truro centre are typically cosy Cornish inns and guesthouses, although there are a few luxury hotels as well.
Where to stay in Truro centre
The Barley Sheaf Inn
The Barley Sheaf Inn is a cosy property just a stone’s throw from Truro Cathedral. It’s a very friendly guesthouse, with a restaurant and bar on site that serves a delicious breakfast. All rooms are en-suite and perfectly clean. Click here for rates and to reserve your stay.
Townhouse Rooms is close to the city centre but also in a quiet area of the city. It has clean and stylish rooms with super comfy beds, as well as an on-site sun terrace, which makes it one of the best places to stay. in Truro! A buffet breakfast is served each day. Click here for more information.
The County Arms is a gourmet pub with bright, modern, spacious rooms. Some rooms have Juliet balconies that look over a wooded valley. Truro is just a short walk away, but if feels like you’re in a pub in the middle of the country! Click here for more information.
Mannings Hotel is a boutique property in the heart of Truro. It has trendy rooms with all the mod cons that you could need, some with exposed beams and other beautiful features. It’s without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Truro. The Manning’s Bar and Restaurant is located on the property, and a continental breakfast is served each day. Click here to read more.
If you’re looking for a luxurious place to stay in Truro, look no further than The Alverton. It is located in a beautiful 19th-century Grade II listed property, with a restaurant and bar on site. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean, with comfortable beds and bright rooms. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, some with roll top baths. The grounds are stunning as well – as well as a hotel, it is a wedding venue. Click here to book your stay!
Where to stay near Truro: Carnon Downs
Carnon Downs is a small village about 3 miles from Truro centre. Truro isn’t a hectic city, but if you are wondering where to stay in Truro and would rather opt for somewhere a little more rural, Carnon Downs is a great option.
There are a few pubs in Carnon Downs, including Punchbowl and Ladle and Old Quay Inn, and from the village, you can easily walk to Restronguet Creek and the Fal River’s Loe Beach.
And of course, Truro isn’t far away – around an hour’s walk or you can take the U1 or 36 bus, or drive into the city in less than 10 minutes.
Chycara is a tranquil property offering apartments and chalets with lovely views over the natural scenery. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of nature strolls around the area, as well as a swimming pool, with a sauna and wellness centre. Each apartment has flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, and WiFi. You’ll feel world’s away from the city when staying here, even though it’s easy to pop there! Click here for more information about Chycara.
Places to stay near Truro: Malpas
Malpas is a Truro favourite. Located at the confluence of the Truro River and Tresillian River, it’s another rural spot out of the city. From here you can look back into Truro and see the stunning cathedral, especially during sunset. You can enjoy riverside walks here; check out Boscawen Garden which is on the way to Truro. The Heron Inn is a lovely Riverside Pub that’s perfect for drinks or dinner.
As Malpas is right by the river, it is slightly more disconnected than Carnon Downs – which can be a good or bad thing!
Malpas is about the same distance as Carnon Downs to Truro. It will take around 45 minutes to walk and 8 minutes to drive to the city, or you can take the 496 bus.
Fal River Cottage
Fal River Cottage is a two bedroom house with a kitchen, a dining area, a lounge and bathroom. It also has a luxurious patio with views of the River Fal. The cottage is rustic but with all the mod cons that you’ll need, and it’s in a prime location for hikes and watersports on the River Fal. Click here to read more.
Stay by the A390 (for easy access to North Cornish beach towns!)
The Victoria Inn
If you want to stay somewhere that’s in a good location for getting to Cornwall’s north west coastline (near places like Portreath and St Ives, check out The Victoria Inn. This country pub has clean and airy rooms on the first floor, all with en-suite bathrooms. It’s a short drive to Truro, and is also great if you are continuing your journey westwards! Click here for more information.
The Best Places to Stay in Truro
Hopefully this list of the best places to stay in Truro has helped plan your trip there! Do check out the rest of my Cornwall posts to plan your trip to this wonderful part of Britain.