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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 in an accessible location for the rest of west and mid Cornwall with great schools both state and private. While it does have plenty of devotees, it is still often overlooked in favour of its nearby coastal neighbours, meaning prices are (slightly) more reasonable. In 2021 Truro was named one of four Cornish towns to be a recipient for funding from the government’s Town Fund programme.

While it of course has the usual urban sprawl, there is still plenty of beauty to recommend in this once-thriving quayside town and not just in terms of the architecture, which includes late Regency townhouses and Victorian villas. That said, 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, and the 67 acre Langarth Garden Development is an inclusive community for 10,000 people on the edge of town is currently in development by Cornwall Council.

EAT

Sabzi Deli, run by Masterchef finalist Kate Atlee, and winning the title of best deli in the recent Muddy Awards, opened in late 2019 serving vibrant and healthy salads and fresh juices, all with Kate’s signature Iranian twist and is open offering take-away.

The newest branch of The Longstore has opened up where Bustopher Jones used to be and there’s also Sams in the City, which offers laid-back dining. On the edge of the town, The Alverton has a great wine list, and a bar just inviting a spot of cocktail drinking. Speaking of which, Lawrance’s, which won best Bar at the Muddy Awards is on New Bridge Street. 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. 

For pubs try the Muddy Award winning Heron Inn at Malpas or head to the The Punchbowl & Ladle at Feock which is a lovely gastropub on the way to the King Harry ferry.

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. There’s also plenty of art galleries, including Muddy Award finalists Tregony Gallery as well as the Lemon Street Gallery.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

You’ll see the neo-gothic Victorian cathedral in the town centre from pretty much everywhere, and don’t miss Hall for Cornwall / Cornwall Playhouse which opens up again after a lengthy refurbishment in October 2021 – the first show is the Fisherman’s Friends Musical. Nearby, there’s the National Trust gardens and house at Trelissick. Hop on the King Harry Ferry to The Roseland and St Mawes where you’ll find beautiful beaches, and of course Falmouth is just down the road. Head in land and you’re within easy driving distance of most of the north coast including St Agnes and Newquay. It’s also worth mentioning despite hopefully it never being on a list of to-visit places that Truro is home to the Duchy’s only hospital with an A & E department.

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

Grade II listed 5 bed Georgian townhouse on the market for £750k with Lillicrap Chilcott.

SCHOOLS

If you’re after independent education, Truro has the most choice in the whole of Cornwall, where secondaries Truro SchoolTruro High School for Girls are well rated, as are Truro Prep and Polwhele House School, prep up to year 9. State school-wise in Truro, St Mary’s C of E 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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