Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro is an Anglican cathedral positioned within the City of  Truro, England. It was constructed between 1880 and 1910 to a Gothic Revival design by John Southborough Pearson on the location of the parish church of St Mary.

The See (or Diocese) of Truro was established in 1876, and its first bishop, Edward White Benson, was consecrated in 1877. Truro Cathedral was the first 'new' cathedral to be built in Britain for 800 years since Cornwall Cathedral was started in 1220. It is built in the Gothic Revival architectural style fashionable during much of the nineteenth century. It is located in the Cornwall's only city, Truro, one of the smallest in the United Kingdom.

Building started in 1880 to a design by the main Gothic Revival architect John Loughborough Pearson. It was constructed on the positioning of the sixteenth-century parish church of St Mary the Virgin, a constructing within the Perpendicular fashion with a spire 128 ft tall. St Mary's was demolished in October 1880, leaving solely the south aisle, which was retained to function the parish church. From 1880 till 1887 a short lived picket constructing on an adjoining web site served because the cathedral. It accommodated fewer than four hundred individuals and was extraordinarily scorching in summer time and chilly in winter. The Cathedral attracts over 200,000 visitors a year and was the location for the first service of Nine Lessons and Carols, devised by E.W. Benson for Christmas Eve, 1880.


The Cathedral is free and offers free guided tours Mondays - Thursday at 11am (not bank holidays), to check tours are running please call 01872 276782. Learn a little about the fascinating history of the Cathedral from experienced tour guides. The Cathedral welcomes Group tours also.
A restaurant and coffee shop is open Mondays - Saturday until 3.30pm and a gift shop will reward you with souvenirs from your visit.
There are free organ recitals on a Friday at 1.10pm from March to October and daily services.

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