Ok, we admit it. It does rain here in Cornwall on the rare occasion! So, when it does, be prepared with our list of top attractions of the great indoors.
Eden Project Near St Austell
Don’t miss Cornwall’s world-famous attraction, where the tropical, subtropical and temperate worlds meet. Most people make straight for the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, but don’t overlook the outdoor space, riddled with shortcuts, hideaways, stepping stones, spy-holes and sandpits.
Indoor Active, Roche
Easily accessed on the A30 at Cornwall Services, Roche, Indoor Active is the ideal destination for a rainy day, wherever you might be in Cornwall. Both kids and grown-ups will love ‘Clip ‘n Climb’, a fun and safe climbing experience, while the young ones can let off steam at the Soft Play centre.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth
Check out the brilliant National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, offering 15 stunning galleries and exhibitions (including the incredible Viking Voyagers), with hands-on activities and workshops for the children and lectures for grown-ups too.
Camel Creek Adventure Park, Wadebridge
Formerly known as Crealy, this thrilling adventure park has something for everyone. Meet the emus, llamas, and Kunekune pigs; ride the ‘Morgawr’ rollercoaster; try out the Demon Drop Slide; plus there’s a large indoor playzone for those occasional showers.
One 2 Eleven, Helston
One2eleven is an epic soft play centre, found next door to the popular attraction Flambards. The main arena features air bursting ball swamps, cannon shooters, slides, tunnels, rope walkways and swings. The toddler arena has soft play rocking horses and giant puzzles. Parents are well-catered for in the spacious cafe area.
Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno
Some might be surprised to hear that Cornwall is the home of modern global communications and Porthcurno is where it all started. Visit the Telegraph Museum to enjoy a range of fun activities. Your little monsters will have hours upon hours of fun, and while you’re there, admire the breath-taking scenery.
Lizard Lighthouse The Lizard
The distinctive twin towers of Lizard Lighthouse mark the most southerly point of mainland Britain. For over 250 years, the lighthouse has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic. Today it also provides a welcome for your family! Check out the fun exhibitions, displays, and audio-visual experiences.
Bodmin Jail, Bodmin
Spending time behind bars might not sound that tempting. But a trip to Bodmin Jail makes a fascinating family day out. Experience life under lock and key in the historic county jail; a truly memorable day that’s both exciting and educational, with captivating exhibits including the UK’s only fully-functioning execution pit!
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Take a seat at Hall for Cornwall in Truro, where comedy, drama and music provide light relief to the grey skies. HFC hots a range of fantastic productions throughout the year, so take a look at the website to see what’s happening when you are in the city.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin
There’s nothing quite like travelling through the rugged Cornish countryside by the power of steam alone. Step back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway to enjoy the ride of a lifetime. This is one experience that the children will be talking about for a long time! The railway operates a series of themed events throughout the year, so keep a look out for the next big adventure.
National Aquarium, Plymouth
Ok, not technically Cornwall, but pretty close! The UK’s largest aquarium is an incredible underwater world all under one roof. Marvel at the striking fish and sea creatures, from turtles to sharks, on a journey of discovery through the world’s oceans. Don’t miss the daily dive show, while there’s an educational aspect, learning about environmental issues and sustainability.