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May 7, 2018 — Truro on a bank holiday

We wanted to visit Truro and parking was easier on a bank holiday. We visited the Cathedral and the Cornish Museum.


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Truro Cathedral from near the Pydar Street Car Park

Truro Cathedral from near the Pydar Street Car Park

The laundry last night took nearly three hours so we’re tired today. It’s a bank holiday and beautiful so we’re hoping everyone goes to the beach as we go into Truro. Gary gave us careful directions to Viaduct Parking so we’re all set. Hung the laundry outside, ate breakfast and set off for Truro. B3284 turns into Pydar Street in Truro. You enter Pydar Parking just past the railroad overpass. From there you can park in Pydar Parking if there's room or wander through several parking areas including Viaduct Long-Term Parking with plenty of room even on busy days.

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro

Amazingly, we drove directly to Viaduct Parking, parked in the upper Pydar Street section, paid and set off on foot following the Cathedral spires. It was an easy downhill walk and we arrived before the 10:00 opening so we waited. They allowed us in at 10:00 sharp and we wandered the massive neo-Gothic church. One docent stopped and gave us information. Additionally, everything was very well signed. There are 78 stained glass windows and a magnificent carved stone reredos behind the high altar by Nathaniel Hitch. It is overwhelming, done in Bath stone. However, the Bath stone used on the outside of the Cathedral is not wearing well and they are slowly replacing it at great expense. Click here for photos and information about the stained glass windows The link includes a map. If you click on the blue lines indicating the windows, you are linked to the information for that set of windows.

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro - Main Aisle

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro - Main Aisle

The Wonderful Reredos by Nathaniel Hitch in the Truro Cathedral

The Wonderful Reredos by Nathaniel Hitch in the Truro Cathedral

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro - Interior

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro - Interior

Crowning of Charlemagne - Stained Glass in Truro Cathedral

Crowning of Charlemagne - Stained Glass in Truro Cathedral

Rose Window in Truro Cathedral

Rose Window in Truro Cathedral

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro - Stained Glass

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro - Stained Glass

Truro Cathedral - Side Chapel with Stained Glass

Truro Cathedral - Side Chapel with Stained Glass

Rose Window in Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro

Rose Window in Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro

Cathedral Square High Cross, Truro

Cathedral Square High Cross, Truro

We ended our tour in the Cathedral gift shop where I found a lovely blue striped scarf to match my new raincoat, and Ed got additional change for parking. He paid the extra parking and we set off looking for a restaurant. We found one and it was closed. Back to the shop to ask for restaurants and they gave us a Truro map and several suggestions. We found the nearest one and made our choices. No luck . . . they were out of Ed’s menu choice. Back to the menu and another choice. He returned to order . . . no luck again. Not crab season yet. Why is it on the menu?

At that point, we gathered our things and quietly left to find a place with food. We headed for restaurant #2 and happened on Manning’s on the way so we looked at their menu and decided it would do. Good choice. We both got the salmon and mussels with dill potato salad which was excellent. We got Manning’s Alaska for dessert, a baked Alaska on sticky chewy toffee pudding and ice cream. Add a California Zin and it was a great meal. Mannings Hotel-Restaurant, 82 Lemon St, Truro TR1 2QB; tel: +44 (0)1872 247900; operations@manningshotels.co.uk; Mannings Hotel-Restaurant web site

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum


We walked back to the Cornish Museum after lunch and enjoyed learning about Cornwall until our parking time ran out. The museum is a member of English Heritage so was free since we're members. Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro TR1 2SJ; tel: +44 (0)1872 272205; enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk; Royal Cornwall Museum Web Site

Royal Cornwall Museum - Exhibit

Royal Cornwall Museum - Exhibit

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum - Fine Art

Royal Cornwall Museum - Fine Art

Royal Cornwall Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum

Truro Community Library

Truro Community Library


Hiked back, now uphill, to parking and retrieved the car and drove home. Ed took a short nap, then got the now-dry laundry and we’re in for the night. Still no Internet. Hope it comes on in time to pay the bills.

Later . . . Drove to Healey’s for a cream tea and called it dinner. Fun!

Posted by Beausoleil 15:58 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged restaurants uk cornwall truro

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We don't always get such great weather for a bank holiday!

by ToonSarah

I know Sarah. That's what everyone told us. From what we've heard and seen of UK weather, we were very surprised at the lovely weather we had for most of the trip. Some rain at the beginning, especially in Cornwall, but the rest of the trip was great weather. I was almost sorry I bought a new raincoat for the trip . . . almost.

by Beausoleil

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