What to do when it rains in Cornwall

Even with unpredictable weather there are still opportunities to get out and discover Cornwall. There are places full of treasures and rich in history. With children’s trails, costumes and events, you can uncover hidden history everywhere. Here are a few to choose from nearby; please check individual places for opening times.

A volunteer chats with a mother and her two daughters in the house at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele House

A Tudor house with free children's trail. There are costumes and baking days down at Cotehele Mill as well as a discovery centre at the Quay.

Father and daughter walking holding umbrellas

Antony House

A classically beautiful country house with quizzes and trails ideal for little legs to explore.

A family reading a book together


The ultimate Victorian country house, there are 50 rooms to explore including a warren of of kitchens and servant's quarters. Mini explorers can follow the free children's trail around the house.

Front view of Godolphin House

Godolphin House  

The house is open occasionally, with family events and storytelling during holidays.

Explorer family playing on the Terrace of Trelissick house, Cornwall

Trelissick House

Steeped in Cornish history, explore all the rooms, and see what exhibition is currently on display. Upon stepping inside you'll see a house and experience as a welcoming family home.

The Castle at the Mount

St Michael's Mount  

Climb the cobbled pathway to a fairy-tale castle peering out to sea and witness architecture dating back to the 12th century. For young explorers there's storytelling during school holidays and the castle quest trail.

Family at East Pool Mine in Devon

East Pool Mine

Two mighty Cornish beam engines preserved in their towering houses, there are free tours, a video and hands-on exhibits for families. During school holidays don't miss Trevithick Tuesdays.

Children rag rugging at Tintagel Old Post Office

Tintagel Old Post Office

One of the oldest houses in Cornwall, legend says the roof is dented because a dragon once sat on it. This small house has dressing up and chances to have a go at rag-rug making.

Child trying on armour at Trerice, Cornwall


An Elizabethan manor house, hidden away from the modern world. Explore the rooms around the manor, play Tudor games, try on amour and come along to a costume day.