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Not Just Cornwall – Things To Do in Devon on a Rainy Day

things to do in devon on a rainy day

No one can guarantee the sun, but a few drops of rain shouldn’t ruin a perfectly good holiday.  Here are some of the things to do in Devon on a rainy day. You will only need a car, some patience and the right attitude. Don’t let the rain destroy your good mood – pack your things and plan your perfect day trip!


The following Devon attractions are all approximately 25 minutes drive from Crylla Valley Cottages.

Go Kart Racing

If you’d like some high octane, adrenaline fueled excitement then head to Plymouth Karting where you can enjoy the thrill of racing around an indoor karting track at blistering speeds!  If that isn’t enough to get your heart racing, then you can always grab a session in their futuristic laser tag arena as well.

Skate Across The Ice

For something which requires a little less adrenaline, why not head to the Pavilions Ice Rink in Plymouth where the whole family can glide gracefully across the ice.  Skating aids are available for younger children.

Get Close To Some Sharks

A trip to the National Marine Aquarium is the perfect way to spend time with the family, marveling at the wonders of the ocean.  Boasting the largest and deepest single tank in the UK, with over 2 million litres of water (and home to several sharks!), it truly is a fantastic experience.  Friendly staff, regular events and daily shows make a trip to the National Marine Aquarium a ‘must see’ while holidaying in the South West.

Catch The Latest Blockbuster

If you prefer to sit down with a huge box of popcorn watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster, then head to Vue Cinema at the Barbican Lesiure Complex in Plymouth.  Ten pin bowling is also available at the leisure complex along with a selection of popular restaurants such as Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Nando’s.


The following attractions are a little further from Crylla Valley Cottages, roughly 1 hour drive.

Visit a Castle

Why don’t you spend your day visiting an old, beautiful castle? Powderham Castle is a grade I building and a popular tourist spot for all those who want to get out of the rain.

This year, the Powderham Castle has decided to expand their range of tours. Now you can choose between two very different, yet fascinating tours of the castle and the gardens.

You can opt for the State Room Tour, which will lead you through some of the most beautiful chambers you’ve ever seen. It is a fantastic choice for architecture enthusiasts, and a tour that will show you the grandeur of Powderham Castle that’s usually associated with it.

However, if you want to explore this castle as a private home as well, then don’t miss out on the Upstairs/Downstairs Tour. You will get to hear spooky stories and various insights about the family life. Besides, you will also learn more about the staff at Powderham Castle and their lives.

If you’ve already been to Powderham Castle, then why not visit Castle Drogo? It’s not that far away, and they do have many activities for children as well.

Have Fun at the Paint Hub

Even though the rain might have ruined your day outside, you can still use that to your advantage. Why not tap into your undiscovered skills and create beautiful pieces of art?

The Paint Hub is the perfect place for all generations, especially for small children who haven’t had a chance to learn about pottery yet.

The staff at this lovely café will provide you with ceramic items, which you can then paint and decorate to your liking. Moreover, you can enjoy fresh coffee and cake, not to mention the serenity that the decorating offers you.  What’s more, once you are happy with your work, the staff will make sure that your pieces last and that they are dishwasher-safe. 

Spend the Day Underground – Kents Cavern

A list of things to do in Devon on a rainy day wouldn’t be complete without Kents Cavern

You can take part in the guided tours that will take you underground and explain in detail how ancient humans lived. You will also learn about the 15-year long excavation that took place there and lead to incredible discoveries about British history. 

But, if you think that your children might not like the tour, there are many activities they will absolutely love. The children can dig for gemstones and fossils, paint on a “cave wall” and even paint their own cavemen! There’s also an ice age animal hunt, as well as a stone age trial.

If you’d like to get an idea of what you’ll experience when you get there, check out their interactive virtual tour.

Step into History – Greenway House

Finally, if your children are a bit older, or you are bringing your parents along, why not step into the 1950s and visit Agatha Christie’s holiday home?

You will be amazed by the details and the amount of sheer history that’s left in Greenway. Everything is perfectly preserved and ready to be explored. And, don’t forget to pay close attention to the exhibits. Currently, there’s the ‘Agatha Christie & Collins’ exhibition, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of the famous publisher. 

Greenway House is even more beautiful when it’s not raining. But, think of this first trip as a prelude. Once the rain stops, you can come back, enjoy the beautiful gardens and visit the Boathouse.

Whatever the weather, if you feel inspired to visit Devon then why not stay in one of our self catering holiday cottages, situated on the Devon and Cornwall border?