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Six things to do on a rainy day in Cornwall self catering accommodation

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One thing you can say about Cornwall is that the weather is always magnificent. Either magnificently good... or magnificently bad! It's easy to find things to do when it's hot and sunny. The beach beckons, and that's usually that. Simple. But what's the score when it's a bit iffy outside? Thankfully there's just as much to do – if not more – when the weather gods are behaving badly. Here's six of the best to get you in the mood.

First, find your nearest National Trust property and take yourselves off on an historic voyage of discovery. There's Antony House in Torpoint, Cotehele near Saltash and Lanhydrock House near Bodmin for a start. The drive there and back can be as beautiful and exciting as you want to make it – so hook out your map and make the best of the whole experience.

Second, hit your nearest museums. Cornwall is packed solid with history and mystery across the millennia, from prehistoric mining sites to marvellous museums and collections. There's the Bodmin Town Museum, Helston Folk Museum and the magical Magnificent Music Machines Museum near Liskeard. And loads of really good rural pubs en route for lunch!

Third, get steamy. There are three wonderful steam railways to enjoy in the dry on fantastic traditional steam trains. You can't beat the excitement and romance of olde worlde steam travel at either Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, Nappa Valley Steam Railway and Launceston Steam Railway.

Fourth, discover art galleries. Even if you're not the arty type, it's worth visiting some of the county's art galleries. If you have a few quid spare for a souvenir, a piece of original artwork is hard to beat for investment as well as pleasure. And the light, huge skies and enormous, empty seascapes in Cornwall are famous for attracting some of the planet's best painters.

Fifth, if you really can't face the wild 'n' windy outdoors, stay in your Cornwall self catering accommodation and get down to some seriously good, old fashioned home entertainment. Play Snap, a card game that's guaranteed to get everyone hysterical within a few minutes. Make it into a drinking game if you're an adult-only group. Play Consequences, Charades and Statues.

Sixth, if you've taken your pooch to dog friendly cottages, Cornwall delivers the very best in canine pleasures. And weather or no, you'll have to take him or her for a walk at least twice a day. So grit your teeth, adopt a British stiff upper lip and don your un-trendy but practical cagoule. You might even discover a latent love for the drama and excitement of being out and about in weather you'd usually avoid like the plague!

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