Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Cornwall

By on February 10, 2015

Cornwall, the ceremonial county located at the tip of the UK’s southwestern peninsula, is one of the British Isles’ most popular holiday destinations.  This is due in large part to the area’s spectacular land and seascapes and its temperate climate.  Annual average temperatures of 11.6°C/53°F and over 1541 hours of sunshine per year mean that Cornwall enjoys the mildest and sunniest climate in Great Britain.  Conversely, moist south west air brings higher amounts of rainfall to the region compared with easter parts of the UK (239 mm/9.4″ more per year).

No worries!  There are plenty of wet-weather treasures to visit in Cornwall.  The following are just a few:

The Eden Project:

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is described as a massive, global garden built in a disused china clay quarry.  Located in Bodelva, St. Austell, Cornwall, this World Heritage Site is a premier indoor attraction with visitors from all over the world.  The complex is dominated by two super-sized enclosures (“biomes”) which include the world’s largest greenhouse.  The biomes house over 100,000 plants from around the world.  You’ll also find exhibitions, an educational centre, and extensive grounds to explore.  The Eden Project is the 3rd most visited attraction in the UK.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall:

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum, in Falmouth on Cornwall’s south coast, is an excellent place for exploring the region’s maritime heritage.  Housed in a granite and oak-clad building, the museum features a collection of boats, an interactive sailing exhibit with remote-control sailboats, Tidal Zone underwater viewing gallery, and a Look Out tower with stunning views across Falmouth Harbour.  The Waterside Cafe also shares the great harbour views. [Hint: Look for Tesco vouchers which make the museum a better value]

Restaurants, Restaurants, Restaurants:

With its strong culinary heritage (owed in part to the availability of fresh seafood), Cornwall has become a foodies paradise.  The region is widely recognized as a restaurant mecca with numerous venues made famous by renowned celebrity chefs including Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver.  Some of the more notable include: 1) Fifteen Cornwall which is situated in Watergate Bay, on the north coast of Cornwall between Padstow and Newquay; 2) Celebrity chef Rick Stein’s eateries in Padstown, on Cornwall’s north coast, including The Seafood Restaurant, St. Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Cafe, and Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips; 3) the Michelin-starred restaurant named Ripley’s, located in St. Merryn, near Padstow [Note: celebrity chef Paul Ripley is now head chef of Rick Stein’s new Seafood Bar in Falmouth]; and 4) Porthminister Cafe located on Porthminster Beach in artsy and scenic St. Ives, along the north coast.

Castle Heritage Centre Bude:

Castle Heritage Centre Bude

Located on the north coast of Cornwall, the Castle was formerly the home of Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney.  The site is now a heritage centre with an art gallery, shop, and restaurant.  The restaurant offers breathtaking views over Chapel Rock and Summerlease Beach.

These are but a few of the many things you can do on a rainy day in Cornwall.  Perhaps you know of a few you care to share?  I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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