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Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out in Tavistock


Rainy Days Out in Tavistock
Look at rainfall charts of the UK and you'll see that the west flank of Dartmoor has a high average annual rainfall. In our opinion, this is a very special and under-visited part of England but it does rain. So, you'll need things to do when the rain falls. Thankfully, there are plenty of visitor attractions in the Tavistock area. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out around Tavistock' list for ideas. By James Penman.

Tavistock Pannier Market

Go shopping. Tavistock Pannier Market is a large, indoor market in the centre of town. There are also plenty of shops on Duke Street and West Street.

Morwellham Quay, Devon

Go undergorund. Take a trip in to the George and Charlotte Mine at Morwellham Quay. We've visitied the attraction on many a rainy day. It's part of the UNESCO Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

Buckland Abbey

Explore a historic property. Buckland Abbey is now managed by the National Trust but used to be home to Sir Francis Drake. There are lots of things to see and information boards to read in the buildings.

Cotehele House and Gardens, Cornwall

Explore another historic property. Cotehele is a National Trust property on the Cornwall bank of the River Tamar. Visit the house and then head down to Cotehele Discovery Centre and Cotehele Mill.

High Moorland Visitor Centre

Discover Dartmoor National Park. Head up to Princetown and explore its visitor centre. In Princetown, pop into Dartmoor Prison Museum and Visitor Centre.

National Marine Aquarium

Discover sea life. Plymouth is home to the National Marine Aquarium. Perfect for a rainy day. Across the way is Plymouth Mayflower Visitor Centre.

Museum of Dartmoor Life

Explore Dartmoor's history and prehistory. Located in Okehampton, this local museum is packed with high quality information and insight. We return on numerous occasions every year.

Lydford Gorge and Waterfall, Devon

Walk. If the rain is light and you have waterproofs then we'd recommend completing the gorge walk at the National Trust's Lydford Gorge and Waterfall. There's a pub in the village as well.

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Devon

Visit Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre. A quirky visitor attraction, we first visited when the BBC's Dick and Dom were recording a show here.

Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall

Go undergound. Explore the caves at Carnglaze on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Follow the fairy trail.