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.

Children splashing in the rain

Rainy day fun at Cotehele

We can’t guarantee the sunshine at Cotehele but we can provide a fun-time whatever the weather.

Antony library

Spend some time at Antony; a still lived-in family home 

If the weather takes a turn then take shelter in the home of the Carew Pole family. They've lived on this site for over six hundred years so there's no rush.

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.

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.

A black and white image of the north bedroom

Rainy days at Tintagel Old Post Office

On those wet weather days, the thick walls and wavy roof of Tintagel Old Post Office keep the elements at bay. The low light adds to the atmosphere of this ancient abode making for a holiday snap with a difference. With a history trail that tells of a story spanning six centuries and traditional crafts to try your hand at, there's plenty to do, whatever the weather. Brollies can be found at back door, where the cottage garden is always full of colour and awaits those undeterred by the drizzle.

Rain drops on a rose at Trerice

Rainy days at Trerice

Here’s what you can do on a wet and windy day just outside Newquay.

roseland_St Anthony Head battery hoist and cartridges

St Anthony Head unearthed 

Join the team at St Anthony Head to find out more about the many layers of history. Go down into the old battery and imagine what it was like for the soldiers who manned this site and hear stories of how we protected our shores.