18 things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining

Cornwall in the rain Arts End of NowhereMoving to London in the pre-Uber era and developing a lackadaisical (impatient) approach to navigating the night bus system, I used to take a lot of black cabs. Almost invariably, whoever happened to be Drives that evening would query my roots and promptly recount bygone summers spent in Cornwall as a child. Summers. Not winters. Cornwall is a ghost town from September to May; making it perfect for those who prefer a civilised sojourn over a bustling, tourist-filled holiday. Although the sunny coves are the Cornish cynosure, there’s still a lot to be uncovered when the weather rages. Here are 18 things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining.

Discover the mining heritage at Godolphin House.

Learn about Porthcurno’s position as the ‘Victorian Silicon Valley at the Telegraph Museum.

Immerse yourself in Cornish art at Falmouth Art Gallery.

Explore Lanhydrock House, with its classic Victorian interiors.

Take a trip to the best Tate gallery (in my eyes), Tate St Ives.

Enjoy the stunning views from Port Eliot House.

Experience the panoramic sea views from Henry 8th’s coastal fortress, Pendennis Castle

…or his other one, the elaborately decorated St Mawes Castle.

Visit the world-famous Eden Project.

See the definitive Cornish art collection at Penlee House & Gallery.

Visit Cornwall’s largest vineyard at Camel Valley (and try my favourite, the Pinot Noir Rose Brut).

Learn more about Cornwall’s mining history at Geevor Tin Mine, the largest preserved mining site in the UK.

Support the preservation of marine biodiversity (and see lots of little lobsters) at the National Lobster Hatchery.

Take an underground tour at Carnglaze Caverns, and see beautiful slate geographically in situ.

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Hear the stories of the sea at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Love a cheesy attraction? Bodmin Jail has you covered.

Visit one of Cornwall’s incredible spas. We Are Cornwall has a great little list, which you can see here. My recommendation? It has to be The Scarlet.

Still wondering what to do in Cornwall when it’s raining? Get outside anyway

To the more stoic amongst you, I’m sure you’ll agree that those angry seas and rugged cliffs hold a unique beauty in wintertime. If you really want to do it as the locals do, wrap up warm, forgo the hair and make up and go for a coastal walk on the north coast.

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Have you got any more suggestions for things to do in Cornwall in the rain? Feel free to let me know where else I should try in the comments below!


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8 responses to “18 things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining”

  1. Lucy says:

    Thank you for including Port Eliot in your ‘Things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining’, Amy. Just to add… when it’s sunny, Port Eliot is great to visit when you can wander around the stunning Grade 1 listed gardens and perhaps enjoy a picnic on the banks of the beautiful Lynher Estuary. (Port Eliot won a national award for Best Picnic spot of heritage attractions in 2012).

  2. We’re heading to Cornwall in May for a week with friends and so have bookmarked this post for then. A spa and the Eden Project are top of my list!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks Ami! If you like, you can let me know what area-ish you’re staying and I’ll send you a few recommendations – I’m from Falmouth so know that part of Cornwall like the back of my hand (but spend a fair amount of time on the north coast as well – how could you not?) x

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