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Information about parking in Truro

Truro is the southernmost city in Britain, Cornwall’s county town and administrative centre, with a population of 19000 which can be more than doubled by visitors during the holiday season. Many of the roads are old, narrow and winding and marked with double yellow lines, so driving here can be a challenge. It’s a city best navigated on foot. Hence the question; where to park in Truro?

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Additional Information

Some additional information about parking in truro, to cater to all your parking needs

  • On-street parking

    Away from the centre, many roads have clearly marked sections where parking is permitted for limited periods, but take care to observe posted signs concerning residents’ permits and other restrictions. The great bulk of Truro parking is off-street.

  • Off-street parking

    The driving situation in Truro is such that we will begin with the two park-and-ride schemes, one in Langarth to the west (1209 parking spaces) and one in Tregurra to the east (1379 parking spaces). Both parks close overnight, and cars must be removed at 8:30 pm. Charges are very reasonable; a Family Day ticket for two adults and up to four children is £4, or £2 on Saturdays. Park-and-ride does not operate on Sundays. In town, the Council owns two short stay car parks (Carrick House and Old Bridge Street) and five long stay car parks:


    Edward Street


    Garras Wharf




    Pydar Street


    Viaduct multi-story (closed and padlocked 19:00 to 07:30 hours)


    In addition to these, there are a large number of small car parks outside commercial and office buildings. These are not generally open to the public, and unauthorised users may be clamped.

  • Public transport

    The railway station provides regular services to London, South Wales and Scotland; there is a sleeper train to London Paddington station.


    National Express runs coach services to cities and towns throughout the country, though many journeys will involve a change of bus.


    Local bus services connect towns throughout Cornwall and Devon.


    Within Truro, walking is always to be preferred unless it is impossible for health reasons.

  • Disabled parking

    In car parks owned by Cornwall Council (and that includes most of Truro’s car parks), Blue Badge holders can park free of charge as long as their vehicle is adapted or they have registered with the Cornwall Council exemption scheme. Otherwise, they pay the standard charge but, except in pay-on-exit car parks, receive one extra hour free.

  • Parking restrictions & event days

    Residents’ parking is in effect in some areas, and on-street parking is time-limited in all on-street parking spaces and in short-term off-street car parks.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    Truro can be even busier than usual on bank holidays, and parking concessions are accordingly not available.

  • Drop-off and pick-up

    Except where there are yellow lines, there are no restrictions on dropping off and picking up passengers, including passengers who are not disabled, but this does not extend to a right to wait for the person you are picking up, in an area where parking would not usually be allowed.

  • Nearby attractions

    The Cathedral dominates the city and is worth a visit despite its comparative youth; it was finished only in 1910, though it sits on a site where God has been worshipped for centuries.


    The Royal Cornwall Museum is a perfect introduction to Cornish history and culture (which are by no means the same as English history and culture). Events are always held throughout the year, including a Winter Festival.