What to do when it rains near Plymouth

Even with unpredictable weather there are still opportunities to get out and explore near Plymouth. There are big and small houses full of treasures; and with children’s trails 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.

Things to do on a rainy day in Northern Ireland

Rainy day fun at Buckland

There's so much to do even on a rainy day at Buckland. From craft workshops to dressing up as a Tudor, come along and discover a great day out at the Abbey.

A young girl and her mother look into a mirror

Saltram house  

Saltram house is a place full of treasures. There's dressing up and children's trails in the house so little legs can 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.

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.