10 Things To Do In Cornwall When It’s Raining

If you’ve travelled all the way to Cornwall, you shouldn’t have to hide inside your hotel or b&b just because it’s raining. But what are your options when the weather simply isn’t on your side? Here are 10 things to do in Cornwall even when it’s raining.

Step into Eden

The Eden Project is a collection of artificial biomes that double as large-scale greenhouses which attract over 1 million visitors each year. What does this mean for you? A rainforest in a bottle that’s just ripe for exploring.

Eden Project, Cornwall


Go ghost hunting

Explore Cornwall’s haunted houses and creepy landmarks, like the Poldark Mine or the mysterious stone remnants of The Hurlers. A little drizzle will only add to the atmosphere.

Soak up some culture

Museums are impervious to rain. If you’re interested in Cornwall’s history and culture, here is your chance to broaden your horizons and learn something new. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth is one that we recommend for all ages.

Work up a sweat

Just because you’re staying indoors doesn’t mean you can get your blood flowing. Cornwall has bowling alleys, basketball courts and even an indoor archery range if you feel like unleashing your inner Legolas.

Make a splash

Take advantage of the weather and hit up one of Cornwall’s aquariums or water parks, like The Oasis Fun Pools or Crealy Adventure Park. If you’re doomed to ponchos anyway, you might as well make a splash in them!

Try canoeing

Only an apocalypse could close a canoe shop. As long as you’re experienced enough to handle wind and choppy currents, there’s no reason you have to cancel your day on the water just because it’s raining.

Drink to your troubles

You came all this way to Cornwall and the weather just won’t let up! Visit some of the oldest pubs in Cornwall or take a tour of a brewery and tip your glass to the sky. If you’re lucky, everything will clear up by the time you hit the bottom.

The Sloop Inn, St Ives
The Sloop Inn, St Ives

Watch a storm from the coast

All of Cornwall’s beaches offer incredible views, but you’ve never seen anything like a storm unfolding over the ocean. Just make sure to pack your umbrella. Read our recommendations for 5 best spots to watch a storm in Cornwall

Catch a show

The arts are alive and well in Cornwall and nowhere is this more apparent than through the concerts, plays and performances at venues such as Hall for Cornwall or the spectacular Minack Theatre.

The Minack Theatre

Get wet anyway!

Bow to the inevitable. Dryness isn’t a requirement of fun. Embrace your soggy socks and enjoy something that can be done even in the rain, like diving, snorkelling or exploring one of Cornwall’s many leisure pools. You can also take advantage of the atmosphere to go sightseeing and grab some really unique photos of the city.

Don’t let bad weather get you down. There are plenty of things to do in Cornwall even when it’s raining, and at the end of the day, only you are in control of how circumstances effects you. Will you let a little rain ruin your holiday or will you seek out new experiences and take it as an opportunity for fun? The sky’s the limit – whether it’s pouring or not!

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