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Rainy Day Activities Cornwall

Indoor things to do in Cornwall

If the weather is bad in Cornwall there are still plenty of things to do and fun to be had. We have set out our top ten things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall below highlighting the best things to do in Cornwall in the rain. Most are our suggestions for indoor activities in Cornwall and some are outdoor activities to carry on in the rain regardless.

There are many towns which still have a cinema in Cornwall and this can be a great place to head when it is raining. If you can get last minute tickets the theatre can also be a good activity when it rains in Cornwall. View list of theatres and cinemas in Cornwall.

Art Cornwall

See some of the art the area is so famous for. A gallery where you can loose yourself looking at pictures of Cornwall on better days and in better light is ideal on a wet and rainy day in Cornwall. There are so many great galleries to choose from offering a wide range of styles and exhibitions to view you will be spoilt for choice. There are museum style galleries like The Tate, Penlee House and Newlyn, galleries with exhibitions of local art work for sale and local artists studios and galleries. View list of art galleries in Cornwall.

Cornwall has a wide and varied choice of museums to visit and this can be a great way to spend some time on a rainy day in Cornwall. The Maritime Museum and Healey's Cyder Farm (with indoor options) are both good fun. View list of museums in Cornwall.

Surfing Cornwall

You will get wet anyway so it can be a good fun thing to do in the rain in Cornwall (as long as you have somewhere warm and dry for a hot chocolate afterwards). Make sure you choose a lifeguarded beach and to get the best experience book a lesson with a surf school. View list of the best places to surf in Cornwall with details of surf schools.

If you don't want to hit the surf find somewhere warm and dry and enjoy watching the experienced surfers ride the waves - there aren't many places in the UK where you can.

Find a good watch point with a sea view either inside a cozy cafe, pub or hotel or from your car and watch the wild sea and storm (obviously it should, but didn't in the storms this year, go without saying that if there are weather warnings in place or the weather is severe stay away from the coast and following issued warnings, they are not made just for fun)


Cornwall might not have any large city centres but it still has some good places to shop and has also maintained individual shops, which is nice to see and means a variety of things on offer. If the rain in Cornwall is not too heavy nipping in and out of the shops can be good fun. Truro has the biggest shopping. Penzance and St Austell also have a good variety of shops. Wadebridge, Looe, Bude, Hayle and Bodmin although smaller still have some good shops on offer.

Pubs in Cornwall

Use the rain in Cornwall as an excuse to find a cozy pub or stylish restaurant and settle down for a few drinks or take your time over a delicious meal of local produce. The Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier, serves great food and has a Smugglers' Museum or The Old Ship in Padstow serves seafood straight from Padstow Harbour and has a friendly bar. For more ideas view our guide to food and drink in Cornwall.

Port Elliot House Cornwall

There are some impressive manor houses and stately homes to look around, many with different events or activities going on. So even though if it is raining in Cornwall it may be too wet for the gardens you can still enjoy having a look inside the interesting stately homes and manor houses. View our list of houses in Cornwall

Escape from the rain in Cornwall by heading indoors and opting for some exercise or pampering at one of the leisure centres or hotel spas. Or, as you will get wet anyway you could even visit the Jubilee Pool. View our list of leisure centres and spas in Cornwall.

Explore by train, or simply take a train ride for fun and watch the Cornwall rain from a dry train carriage. There are lots of branch lines which take you on scenic routes and even options to travel by steam train. View list of train rides in Cornwall.

Have a look at our What's On In Cornwall Guide showing a calendar of events going on in Cornwall to see if there are any good indoor activities going on near you. There is such a lot happening in Cornwall you never know what will be going on and there could be a good be a good way to spend a rainy day in Cornwall.


If you would like to suggest a good rainy day activity or venue in Cornwall we would love to hear from you. Please contact us and let us know.