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What to do in Cornwall on a Rainy Day

One of our most asked questions is what to do in Cornwall on a rainy day? Well, here’s the answer!

Lanhydrock House

This late Victorian house is set in beautiful woodlands which are great for walking and cycling. When it’s a rainy day, however, you’ll want to head straight for the house where you can explore both upstairs and downstairs, dressed as it would have been in the Victorian era. Furthermore, the magnificent Victorian family home is now split into three routes for exploring: Kitchen, Family and Lady R’s Bazaar. It is around a 30 minute drive from Helsbury, click here for directions.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary provides a permanent home to animals that need special care as well as rescuing and rehabilitating grey seal pups. You’ll need your waterproofs for the walk down to the riverside seal tanks but there are plenty of places under shelter to watch the seals and sea lions as well as a café and a shop. Additionally, you can experience marine animals up close and learn about their stories. They are even dog friendly! It is about an hour and a half drive to get there from Helsbury, click here for directions.

The Witchcraft Museum

If you are a fan of the supernatural, this is the perfect rainy day-out for you! A magical and mystical museum in Boscastle, you will leave with a world of new knowledge and a new found interest in the paranormal. Only a 15 minute drive from Helsbury, for directions, click here.


Cornwall has some of the most scenic railways in Britain. Soak up the views of glorious beaches, estuaries and wooded valleys all from the comfort of your railway carriage window. For an old-fashioned trip – hitch a ride on the steam railways at Bodmin. Bodmin is about a 20 minute drive from Helsbury, click here for directions.

Go to the Theatre or a Cinema

The recently revamped Hall for Cornwall in Truro has an impressive selection of comedy, theatre and musicals. Cornwall is also home to many small and independent cinemas including the Rebel Cinema near Bude, The Savoy Cinema in Penzance, the Regal in Wadebridge, and The Plaza, on Lemon Street in Truro, a refurbished Art Deco-era cinema dating back to the 30s.

Helsbury Park

If you are still stuck for something to do, you could spend a day next to our indoor pool and make the most of the gym and sauna. You can also log in to your Netflix account on the TVs in the cottages.