Obviously, here in Cornwall it’s sunny nearly every day of the year! However every now and then we do get some inclement weather that means the beach may not be first on your list of locations to visit. Luckily even if it’s raining outside there’s plenty of things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining. For some people there’s nothing better than finding a bar overlooking the sea and indulging in a bit of storm spotting. Others prefer to get out and about and explore. Check out our top 5 activities below…
Visit a stately home.
Cornwall has more than its fair share of castles, stately homes and historic buildings. Lanhydrock House near Bodmin is a large Victorian country house with room after room to explore and seasonal activities throughout the year, regardless of the weather there’s plenty going on to keep you going for the day. In Penzance the magnificent St Michael’s Mount is a castle overlooking Mounts Bay. Access is by an ancient causeway at low tide but the island is cut off at high tide meaning getting back may be by the passenger ferry. The twin castles of St Mawes and Pendennis were built by Henry VIII to protect the shipping route in and out of Falmouth. The castles also saw action more recently, with observation points and barracks utilised in World War II. It’s possible to catch a ferry between St Mawes and Falmouth meaning both castles can be visited in the same day.
Indoor play centres.
We have a toddler so can speak from experience when we say Cornwall has some great indoor play centres! A lot of campsites have there own soft play areas and welcome non-guests on site for a small fee. There are also larger centres such as Raze the Roof in Falmouth. For older children, Cornwall Services has an obstacle course and a clip and climb facility, meaning the whole family can practice their rockclimbing. For the less adventurous parents there are also tea and coffee facilities. The Bullpen at Dairyland in Newquay and the Jungle Barn at Paradise Park in Hayle are both great indoor play areas but are included as part of the entry fee to the whole attraction.
Whole areas of Cornwall have been designated as UNESCO World heritage site in recognition of the influence of the Cornish mining industry around the world. Hence the repetition of Cornish town names in mining areas on every continent. Suprisingly, considering the extent that Cornwall was mined it’s surprising there aren’t even more pits to visit.
Levant Mine is owned by the National Trust and is the only working example of a working beam engine in its original location. Geevor Tin Mine is also worth a visit. Besides tin the mine employed young children to mine arsenic. It was said that each child could only work for two days to avoid poisoning.
We couldn’t talk about mining without mentioning Poldark mine, made even more popular by the TV show! It’s not just mines that allow you to go underground. Carglaze Caverns have a giant underground pool complete with stalactite and stalagmites, they even host underground gigs and concerts!
Having mentioned the soft play for kids, it seems only fair to talk about something for adults! Cornwall has a plethora of great spas, with many offering day packages. These include lunch and a treatment within the price.
Many of the spas are situated in hotels but they all welcome non-guests. With so many facilities available it’s hard to pick out just a handful. St Michaels Spa in Falmouth, St Ives Harbour Spa, Fistral Beach Hotel Spa, Cornwall Estate in St Austell and Bedruthan Steps Spa are all highly regarded.
Visit a Museum
Cornwall has a large number of museums, galleries and exhibitions that are all worth a vist. Cornwall’s only city, Truro, hosts the Cornwall museum a small but well curated facility with it’s own Egyptian mummy. If your visiting Truro there is also the cathedral and plenty of shops to pass the time.
Bodmin has not one but three places to visit, Bodmin Jail, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum and Bodmin Town Museum. It’s worth noting that Bodmin Jail is privately owned, this explains the Welsh flag that occasionally flies from the top!
Besides museums there are also galleries spread around the Duchy, most notable is the Tate at St Ives. The town also has lot’s of private galleries and shops for art lovers to enjoy.
Hopefully our guide for great things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining has given you lots of ideas of where to visit. If you like what you’ve read why not consider following us on Facebook or Twitter. Our details can be found below!