O ur hotel’s central location is perfect for enjoying all that Truro has to offer. A stay at the County Arms offers both comfort and convenience, with the city centre and train station both on your doorstep. We are also well situated for the Royal Cornwall and Duchy Hospitals, County Hall, and Truro & Penwith College. Truro sits in the heart of Cornwall, which makes it an ideal base camp for exploring the rest of our wonderful county.
Truro’s city centre charms with cobbled streets and a spectacular cathedral. The high street is frequented by national chains and independent boutiques, with plenty of cafes to keep you going while you shop. Just down from the cinema, Lemon Quay plays host to a busy calendar of seasonal events and street markets throughout the year that showcase the finest of local produce.
If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Victoria Gardens and riverside walks offer a little sanctuary. You can even hop aboard one of the Fal River’s Enterprise boats and enjoy a scenic river tour down to Falmouth. At night, Truro buzzes with life across an array of pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
The Hall for Cornwall, set to reopen in late spring 2021, has undergone a complete transformation. This impressive theatre hosts an eclectic programme across the seasons that spans everything from classical and rock concerts to musicals, drama, film, and comedy.
Head to the Royal Cornwall Museum for a journey through Cornwall’s fascinating heritage. The extensive collections chart the past 10,000 years, from the Stone Age to Contemporary Art.
Come rain or shine, the dramatic coastlines to the north and south of Truro never fail to impress, and lie a short drive away. To the north, St Agnes and Perranporth are our favourite nearby beaches. They’re perfect for families and watersports, not to mention taking a beautifully scenic walk along the coastal path that passes iconic remnants of Cornwall’s mining heritage.
The Roseland Peninsula lies to the south. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll find beautiful villages like St Mawes and Portscatho. The sea is met by the mouth of the River Fal, which meanders inland past sheltered creeks and hidden coves.
The spectacular gardens of Tregothnan and Trewithen are both close by. Tregothnan’s botanical haven is home to the estate’s famous homegrown tea as well as the Wollemi Pine, a tree that was once one of the rarest in the world. Trewithen has an equally impressive collection of its own, including some of the most mesmerising magnolia specimens found anywhere.
The Eden Project is only 45 minutes by car. Promising a captivating day out for the whole family, you can lose yourself in the wonder of its tropical and Mediterranean biomes before taking in the bliss of the outdoor contemporary gardens. Eden also hosts global artists across its series of summer concerts, along with an action-packed series of family events throughout the year.
Explore the heart of the Cornish mining landscape along Cornwall’s Mineral Tramway which in its heyday was one of the largest networks of its kind in Britain. The trail is surprisingly flat, with many loops to take that extend your ride. Experienced cyclists can put their wheels to more challenging terrain and activities.
The trail is almost entirely off-road, so lends itself perfectly for less experienced riders and families with children. You can hire tandems, hybrids, mountain bikes, trailer bikes, trailers, tricycles, and baby seats which can even be delivered to us here at the County Arms.
With the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, an array of pubs, shops and restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly sandy beaches to visit, it’s no wonder Falmouth is a firm favourite for a day out. It’s just a 20-minute drive or half-hour train journey away. You could of course also hop aboard an Enterprise ferry.
Taking one of the Enterprise boats from Truro at high tide will have you feeling as though you’re in a different country altogether. Calm turquoise waters lined with luscious river banks transport you to Trelissick Gardens, past tranquil creeks, and all the way to Falmouth and St Mawes.