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.

Three children looking at a glass cabinet at Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey

An old monastic estate, the Abbey was once home to Sir Francis Drake. Play Tudor games or even dress up in costume of the era.

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.

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.

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.

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.