Truro is a beautiful city in Cornwall, set on the river and a place where can you go to enjoy great food, wonderful cafes, amazing pubs, shopping, cobbled streets and Cornish heritage on nearly every corner. Here is our guide to dog friendly places to eat, things to do and great accommodation in Cornwall’s city of Truro.
Places to eat
Cornish Food Box, Walsingham Place
If you haven’t discovered this gorgeous little coffee shop in the Cornwall Food Box shop, behind the Lemon Street arcade, do pop in. It’s a lovelyset up a rustic style cafe in the room behind Cornwall Food Box and on offer are delicious Rustic Cakes and Rustic Soups, the incredible Penny’s Pies (do try them) sandwiches and of course really good coffee. They positively welcome dogs. www.thecornishfoodboxcompany.co.uk
Thomas Daniell pub, Infirmary Hill
It’s not listed officially,but our readers tell us it is wonderfully dog friendly. The food at this gastropub is award winning and it is well worth the five minute stroll up Lemon Street to seek it out. www.tdtruro.com
Describing itself as ‘a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, a takeaway, a coffee house, a meeting place and more’, this city centre venue is especially dog friendly, often providing dog treats made in their kitchen. www.sondertruro.co.uk
Places to shop & eat!
This lovely gift shop with it’s cafe upstairs on Boscawen Street is super dog friendly. They just ask that dogs don’t damage any of the gifts or take up human seats when they are full, which is fair enough. A lovely stop off for shopping and lunch in Truro www.uneeka.com
The longstanding hardware shop has been in Truro for 130 years and now has a lovely coffee shop too. You can buy everything from power tools, to pet things, gardening equipment, toys and gifts www.mallettshomehardware.co.uk/
Places to stay
A new addition to Airbnb which allows pets, Heron’s Catch is a two bedroom property overlooking the river and a short walk into Truro. From just £77 per night, with up to four guests. Pets allowed!
The Alverton, Tregolls Road
A grade II listed building, a short walk from Truro city centre has dog friendly rooms and also private gardens, as well as an al fresco terrace. thealverton.co.uk
Bian Mab, Malpas
Bian Mab is a beautiful ground floor annexe near the city centre. There’s spacious accommodation for two guests and one dog.
Things to Do
The Truro Historic Trail
You can’t take your dog into the Royal Cornwall Museum, but you can learn about some of it’s artefacts as you follow this historic trail around the town. Discover the history of The Red Lion, Poldark’s regular haunt, the lost friary and a rather saucy tale about some maids and the Prince of Wales, which relates to a spot close to the wonderful Thomas Daniel pub. Visithttp://www.trurotrail.com for an online guide or pick up a print copy from the museum on River Street or the tourist information centre on Boscawen Street. www.trurotrail.com
Walk from the town down Malpas Road along the river to discover Truro’s biggest park, with a dedicated dog exercise area. It’s a beautiful spot with a little coffee shop at the edge of the park as you approach, where dogs are very welcome. www.truro.gov.uk/Parks-and-Gardens/Boscawen-Park
Boat trips to Falmouth, Trelissick Gardens and St Mawes
Truro is a river city and from April to October Enterprise boats offer day trips down the Fal river to Trelissick Gardens (dogs not allowed in the formal gardens but the parkland is beautiful and cafe dog friendly); Falmouth, where you can visit dog
friendly Pendennis Castle; and St Mawes, a pretty harbour which also has a dog friendly Tudor castle to explore. Please note, this is a seasonal service. For tickets and timetables visit www.falriver.co.uk
Whilst in Truro, remember to stop by the tourist information centre on Boscawen Street to pick up the latest issue of Dog Friendly Cornwall!