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Tours > England's West Country > Truro

Truro - Cornish Riviera

Truro Cathedral from St. Mary's Street. Wikipedia photo

From Barnstaple, the A39 west brings you to Truro. At the head of a narrow inlet leading to Falmouth Bay, standing serenely among a bowl of green hills, Cornwall's only cathedral city (that is, the see or seat of a bishop), it is dominated by the towers and spires of its cathedral, completed in the early years of this century. Prosperity mainly from tin mining made possible the fine rows of Georgian houses in Lemon Street with its Assembly Rooms. A world-famous collection of minerals is housed in the excellent county museum, The Royal Cornwall. Not all the mining industries have now departed this lovely land: a nearby tin mine, called Wheal Jane Gold Fields, began operating in the 1970's.

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