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Top places to live in Cornwall Truro

If you're after a stylish and relaxed lifestyle with plenty of shops but favour an urban location over coastal, Truro is the place for you. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY? 

Truro is Cornwall’s capital city offering relaxed urban living but is often overlooked as it’s inland and bypassed on the way to Falmouth. And while it has some down-at-heel areas, there is plenty of beauty to recommend in this once-thriving quayside town and not just the architecture which includes late Regency townhouses and Victorian villas. In the city itself, Lemon Street and Walsingham Place both have fine period buildings and for smaller period terraces, look at Ferris Town, The Crescent and St Dominic Street. The riverside area and quay have been redeveloped with modern architectural flats on offer.

EAT

Sams in the City, The Alverton and Bustopher Jones offer laid-back dining. Truro is also home to American diner style eatery Hubbox and offers probably the nearest you’ll get to a London neighbourhood in Cornwall with an ASK Italian near the Cathedral and the Yak and Yeti Nepalese-run restaurant. Sabzi Deli, run by Masterchef finalist Kate Atlee, opened in late 2019 serving vibrant and healthy salads and fresh juices, all with Kate’s signature Iranian twist. The Punchbowl & Ladle at Feock is a lovely gastropub.

SHOP

The White Company, Joules, Seasalt, M&S, Waitrose, and um, Primark, make Truro *the* Cornish shopping destination and there are loads of lovely independents too, including family lifestyle shop Lakin & Boon and Busby & Fox for clothes, as well as The Lemon Street Market.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Try the neo-gothic Victorian cathedral in the town centre and the National Trust gardens and house at Trelissick. Pop on the King Harry Ferry to The Roseland and St Mawes where you’ll find beautiful beaches. Falmouth is down the road, with more gorgeous coastline as well as The National Maritime Museum, loads of lovely shops and cafes and lots of nice places to eat.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£273,356 over the last year. Terraced properties were the most sold property last year, costing an average of £244,645. Detached properties cost on average £350,603, with semi-detached properties costing £265,322.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

If you’re after independent education, Truro has the most choice in the whole of Cornwall, including Polwhele House SchoolTruro SchoolTruro High School for Girls and Truro Prep. State school-wise, St Mary’s CofE is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ primary and Penair and Richard Lander, both secondary, are rated ‘Good’.

BEST KEPT SECRET

A short drive away, Enys Gardens has one of Cornwall’s best bluebell woods. It’s a privately owned 30-acre garden but open to the public April to September.

COMMUTE

Truro is well-connected, taking just under half an hour to Falmouth by train, and just over 30 minutes to Penzance, as well as just over 4 and a half hours on the mainline rail link to London Paddington. Driving to London takes around the same time.

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