The sun doesn’t always shine in Cornwall. But that can't stop you having a fantastic time. Here are some ideas of places you can visit with the family, no matter what the weather.
Carnglaze Caverns is a much recommended all-weather family tourist attraction near the small town 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. Explore 3 gigantic Caverns with a stunning Subterranean Lake with its crystal clear blue/green water.
Situated on Towan beach, the Blue Reef Aquarium 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!
Take cover at the exciting National Maritime Museum Cornwall, situated in front of the picturesque deep water harbour, now 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.
4. Telegraph Museum
The Telegraph Museum which harks back to a time when Cornwall was at the forefront of world communications. On the site of the first undersea cable (laid in 1870), you can now explore WWII tunnels, follow quiz trails, enjoy hands-on exhibits or dash out onto the pearly sands of Porthcurno beach between showers.
5. Eden Project
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.
This 18th century jail is reputedly one of the most haunted places in Britain – so better for older kids, who love their rainy days spiced up with a little shiver of fright than for younger children (it’s not buggy-friendly either). Recently renovated with new attractions coming, there are six levels to explore, from the dank cells and harsh punishments, as well as the execution pit and special exhibitions. Less gruesomely, the jail has also kept the Domesday Book and Crown Jewels safe.
7. Lanhydrock, Bodmin
One of several National Trust properties in Cornwall, Lanhydrock is a great option for a rainy days. Designed to let you explore Victorian life, from the servants’ quarters and kitchens to the more luxurious rooms the family lived in, you can even take a peek inside the nurseries.
Paradise Park is one of the best all weather attractions in Cornwall. Best of all, it’s just 6 miles from St Ives. At Paradise Park you can discover 650 different birds and 140 species including red pandas, otters and donkeys. And, it doesn’t matter if it rains all day because you can enjoy some refreshments in the Otter Pool Cafe, explore the gift shop and run wild in the JungleBarn Indoor play centre! The play centre has a toddler area with soft play and a ball pool as well as giant slides and a multi-level indoor play area.
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