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Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out in Dartmoor National Park


Rainy Days Out in Dartmoor National Park
It rains. The downside of amazing cleaves and valleys is rain. Thankfully, there's plenty to do when the rain comes. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out in Dartmoor National Park' for ideas. In addition, read our guides to Devon, the South Devon AONB, The English Riviera and the Tamar Valley AONB to discover rainy day activities in the surrounding area. By James Penman.

High Moorland Visitor Centre

We've been half a dozen times on rainy days and it's always interesting. Exhibitions cover Dartmoor's formation, geology, history, wildlife and industries.

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

An active monastery belonging to the Benedictine Order. Great shop!

Dartmoor Zoological Park

On the border of the Park to the south and close to Plymouth. Superb zoo with tigers, lions, wolves, bears, lynx and birds of prey.

Lydford Gorge and Waterfall, Devon

OK, this is an outdoors attraction but it's a gorge and it's utterly amazing so put on a raincoat and walk it. At points, the power of the water is exhilerating.

Castle Drogo and Gardens, Devon

One of Dartmoor's most famous attractions. To the north of the Park and managed by the National Trust.

Finch Foundry, Devon

The last watered-powered forge in England. Another National Trust property in the Park. Combine with a visit to the Museum of Dartmoor Life.

Museum of Dartmoor Life

Local museum exploring life on Dartmoor from prehistoric times to the present. It's a really impressive place.

National Marine Aquarium

To the south of the Park in Plymouth. Owing to its close proximity, we include because it's the largest aquarium in the UK.

Exeter Cathedral, Devon

To the north east of Dartmoor. Again, it's a short drive from the Park and is mighty impressive which is why we include it here.

Kents Cavern

Our last choice is in the English Riviera which is to the east of Dartmoor. It doesn't take too long to drive there and is exceptional.