If you're stuck on what to do this long weekend, maybe you have relatives to entertain, or you need a soothing weekend activity to nurse your bank holiday hangover? Read on for some Cornish weekend inspiration.
Start your day right, with arguably Truro's finest coffee at Lily's of Truro
. An independent dog-friendly cafe, in the center of Truro, Cornwall. Enjoy a great cup of locally roasted coffee, a range of relaxing teas and smoothies plus, if you’re feeling peckish or downright hungry they have everything from healthy to indulgent for breakfast, lunch, and everything in-between.
2. The Sights of Truro
Stroll through the city and sample some of Truro's many boutique independent shops. Stopping to admire the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows of the Truro Cathedral. Built between 1880 and 1910, it's definitely one for the history buffs. Or check out some of the finest art the UK has to offer in one of Truro's many art galleries.
3. Trewithen Gardens and Parks
Trewithen Gardens & Parks
One of the loveliest gardens in Cornwall – Trewithen Gardens nails the balance between hidden nooks and sweeping countryside views. Trewithen means ‘house of trees’ so it should come as no surprise that Trewithen Gardens is full of wonderfully woody specimens, from the big blousy Magnolias to graceful Acers. In fact, Trewithen Gardens is home to around 20 champion trees, so-called for reaching the greatest height or girth of their species.
As well as these awe-inspiring trees, Trewithen Gardens is full of fabulous flora and fauna, including a spectacular collection of Camellias, which have earned it the accolade of International Camellia society 'Garden of Excellence'. Among the 30 acres of woodland gardens is the Cockpit, where climbing Hydrangeas and exotic Tree Ferns jostle for space under the dappled light of the canopy. Visit in spring when the early flowering Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias are in full swing.
After exploring the garden, visitors can enjoy delicious refreshments at the Tea Shed, open until the end of October half term.
And if it's gardens you're into, the next stop has to be Trewithen Gardens. A 16-minute drive from the center of Truro, or a 35 minute bus ride if you take the number 27 bus.
Dog friendly and open from 10am - 4:30pm you'll have plenty of time to explore one of the loveliest gardens in Cornwall. Trewithen means ‘house of trees’ so it should come as no surprise that Trewithen Gardens is full of wonderfully woody specimens, from the big blousy Magnolias to graceful Acers.
In fact, Trewithen Gardens is home to around 20 champion trees, so-called for reaching the greatest height or girth of their species.
We chatted to Head Gardener Gary Long from Trewithen Gardens about their 24 Champion Trees on display and the impressive trail that you can explore in person.
You can buy tickets here
4. The Tea Shed at Trewithen
Sited in a leafy corner close to the garden entrance and overlooking the Plant Centre is Trewithen’s Tea Shed.
An absolute must visit while you are exploring Trewithen, the Tea Shed serves delicious fresh, local food throughout the day including light lunches and cream teas. Set within Trewithen Gardens, it has an emphasis on homemade, natural eating in beautiful surroundings.
5. Pint and a Pasty, Please?
As the day draws to a close, set your sights on The Old Ale House
. It’s simply the best place for a fresh pint of Skinner’s right in the heart of Truro. You can enjoy an Ann’s legendary hand crimped pasty or sausage roll, these are truly the finest pasties in the land, and they are one of the few places in Truro to serve them.
You can buy tickets here