You can’t always count on the sun shining when you visit the UK seaside,  but luckily Cornwall has plenty of indoor attractions for families. Whether they’re into pirates, plants or piranhas, there’ll be something here the kids will love!

Therefore, BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the Top 5 Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in Cornwall.

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1. The Eden Project

The Eden Project is an educational charity which aims to connect visitors to the natural world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. The huge, unique Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning contemporary gardens and exciting exhibitions and events.

An amazing place to visit in any weather, highlights for kids include the rainforest canopy walkway, a beautiful ice rink and SkyWire, England’s longest zip wire over the Biomes. There are also a huge array of seasonal events especially for families, all throughout the year – check the website before you visit to see what’s on.

Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG

Opening Hours: Open daily 9am – 6pm


Source: Tamsyn William / Eden Project

2. Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

This popular aquarium is good for young children as its small size means they won’t get too tired – you can walk around it in less than an hour. It packs a lot in though, from exotic fish to sharks and turtles. Kids will also love walking through the Underwater Tunnel, and watching the animal feeding times too.

Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU

Opening Hours: Open daily 10 am – 5pm


3. Pirate’s Quest, Newquay

This immersive, pirate-themed experience features actors, special effects and elaborate sets which will amaze your little ones. Suitable for ages 4 and above, they will be led by a pirate guide through an hour long voyage, escaping a shipwreck, exploring mystical caves, and soaking up a bucket load of history and legends along the way.

Address: 22 St Michael’s Rd, Newquay TR7 1RA

Opening Hours: Opening times vary depending on the season, check the website to book your time slot in advance (recommended).


Source: Pirate’s Quest

4. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth​

Renowned for being a museum that says ‘Climb Aboard’ rather than ‘Don’t touch!’ the National Maritime Museum has a whole host of interactive exhibits and events to entertain curious young minds, from story-telling to dress up and much more.

Highlights include a 100 foot Lookout Tower offering panoramic views over Falmouth harbour and a Treasure Island Play Zone.

Address: Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm


National Maritime Museum - activities in cornwall
Source: Paul Abbitt / National Maritime Museum

5. Paradise Park Jungle Barn, Hayle

Finally, Paradise Park in Hayle is a fantastic animal sanctuary, with a fun indoor play centre for those rainy days. If the weather is too wet to admire the 650 animals and birds, head to the Jungle Barn where you’ll find indoor slides, ball pits and climbing frames galore.

If the weather is dry, the Jungle Express Train operates throughout the summer months and on good weather winter days.

Address: 16 Trelissick Rd, Hayle TR27 4HY

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm


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In conclusion, visiting Cornwall with children is a great idea for a Family Seaside Break. The county features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities  and last but not least a great selection of family-friendly hotels that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.

At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Cornwall without browsing the Internet for endless hours.

So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Cornwall for your next family weekend, just visit our different Cornwall pages to find what this destination has to offer.

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