Ideas for a rainy day
The sun doesn’t always shine in Cornwall. But a little bit of mist and drizzle needn’t stop you having a brilliant time. Here are 10 fantastic days out that you and the family can enjoy, no matter what the weather.
Updated October 2020: Please check websites of attractions before you visit to see what COVID restrictions are in place and if you need to book beforehand?
Situated on Towan beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium (pictured above) has over 40 naturally themed habitats that take you on a fantastic journey from Cornish waters to exotic seas. Come face to face with freshwater turtles, watch pulsating jellyfish and meet amazing pufferfish! At the Aquarium’s heart is the ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of giant Loggerhead turtle, reef sharks and shoals of colourful fish.
Carnglaze Caverns is a much recommended all-weather family tourist attraction near the village of St Neot, on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. Visit this former slate mine where slate was both quarried and mined underground in Cornwall (where it doesn't rain) and go on a self-guided underground tour. Explore 3 gigantic Caverns with a stunning Subterranean Lake with its crystal clear blue/green water.
Eden Project - St Austell
Keep out of the rain at the world famous Eden Project. Housing some of the biggest greenhouses in the world, it has become a place to discover a wealth of plants and natural wonders. As you wander between the mesmerising biomes you will step into a tropical rainforest and experience a Mediterranean oasis. Plus from mid October the ice rink will be back for the winter...
Take cover at the exciting National Maritime Museum Cornwall, situated in front of the picturesque harbour, said to be the third largest in the world. Celebrating the sea, boats and Cornwall, this multi-award winning museum not only has 15 stunning galleries beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation but also offers a number of stunning exhibitions, including this winter, Monsters of the Deep. There is also a fab cafe on site for those feeling a little peckish.
Bodmin Jail - Bodmin
Having just reopened after a massive facelift, the jail lets you discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall, including the brand new ‘Dark Walk’ experience. This uses theatrical effects and the latest technology to transport visitors back to Cornwall’s murky past, enabling a first-hand experience of the penal life of a working prison on the fringes of the windswept Bodmin Moor.
Deep underground in the far west of Cornwall you can explore a complex that was at the forefront of world communications for many years. Here the first undersea cable was laid in 1870, eventually creating a network that stretched all around the globe. Explore WWII tunnels, follow quiz trails, enjoy hands-on exhibits or dash out onto the pearly sands of Porthcurno beach between showers.
Cornwall has a wealth of galleries from small independent studios to world famous collections like Tate St Ives, from contemporary art to the more traditional Newlyn artists featured in the Penlee Gallery. They are all well worth a visit, especially if the weather isn't on your side. Most have changing exhibitions, so always check before you go to see what's on display.
You're going to get wet anyway so why not visit the Aquapark at the Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard? No-holds-barred madness on a colossal inflatable playground. Get wet and go wild on oversized trampolines, monkey bars, slides, swings and more. And if that's not enough, there's the zip-wire across the lake and the giant swing.....
On the wild West Penwith coast, the remains of one of Cornwall's last working mines makes an interesting day out if the weather is not good (although not recommended if it's too stormy!). Walk around over two acres of listed buildings, showing you how tin was mined and processed, before being guided underground into a real 18th century mine. The views from the cafe are pretty good as well!
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