Over the years I’ve built up quite a bank of suggestions about Galleries and Museums to visit, for that odd wet day that comes along every now and again in West Cornwall. So if you should see a mornings rain in the forecast, try one of my top five suggestions for a wet day in West Cornwall, until the clouds roll away as surely they will.
Or as a local Cornish bard used to say “Penwith moors in the rain – Marvellous!!” and stay with your plan!
Spud and Louis have a “wet day routine” of a cosy duvet day snuggled up in the Garden room but for non-feline readers here are a few suggestions for Galleries and Museums for the odd wet day that comes along every now and again.
Penlee House museum
Set at the top of Morrab road in an elegant building previously Victorian home built in 1865 it is the only Gallery devoted to works of the Penzance and Newlyn school artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The ever changing exhibitions normally showcase the work of Elizabeth and Stanhope Forbes, Walter Langley, Howard Harvey, Lamorna Birch and Dame Laura Knight with ever changing exhibitions.
Visit daily between 10.00am and 5.00pm in Summer with the last admission thirty minutes before closing time.
More information about Penlee House visit: -http://www.penleehouse.org.uk/whats-on.html
Eat lunch in the lovely airy conservatory at Penlee House, set in a lush garden or explore Penzance. The Turk’s Head, the oldest Inn in Penzance, set in Chapel Street which as the former main street is packed full of atmosphere and character.
The Tate Gallery St Ives
The Tate St Ives is home to the Post war Modernist artist including an ever changing exhibition of Cornish related works.
The Tate was opened in 1993 and a major refurbishment and extension was completed in 2017
Entry to Tate St Ives is £10.50/£9.40 (without donation £9.50/£8.50).
Combined ticket for Tate St Ives/Barbara Hepworth Museum Sculpture Garden. One day visit to each site over 7 days £14.50/£13.20 concessions (without donation £13/£12)
For further information: – The Tate St Ives
St Ives Art Tour
Perhaps consider a Tate around St Ives Tour starting from the Barbara Hepworth Gardens and finishing at the St Ives visitor centre. Not strictly indoors but a brolly can work wonders and we have several large Golf Umbrellas tucked in the Guest sitting room for our guests!
Every Friday at 15.00–16.00
Every Saturday at 15.00–16.00
Every Tuesday at 11.00–12.00
The Barbara Hepworth Garden
Barnoon Hill, St Ives TR26 1AD There is a small indoor exhibition but the gardens are a must see, even in the rain! The huge sculptures set in Barbara Hepworth’s own town house garden made especially for her garden and placed there with her own artist’s eye amongst the flamboyant foliage.
Visit daily between 10.00 – 17.20
For more information visit the web site http://barbarahepworth.org.uk/
Try the charming Porthgwidden Beach Cafe for a relaxed but special lunch right on the beach just below the Tate Gallery or the artists haunt the Sloop Inn. Do beware seagulls if succumbing to a Pasty or Ice Cream in the town they are experts in the field of fast food!
7 day Art Pass
A combined ticket is available for Penlee House, Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery, also offering 10% discount on shop purchases at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance. Holders may return as many times as they like to all or any of the venues during a seven day period. Currently priced at £10 full or £7 concessions for a limited period to 31 March 2017 while Tate St Ives is closed (Hepworth Museum remains open).
Geevor tin mine and museum
Geevor, the Cornish tin mine that just wouldn’t die is a great place to start the full story of mining in Cornwall. Kept alive by the miners who held on to this important piece of Cornish history and it has now achieved Cornish Mining World Heritage site inclusion. The site is packed full of information, set in a stunning location beside the North Atlantic seas. Take an underground tours of the 250 year old Wheal Mexico workings, enjoy talks from the ex miners themselves and visit a fascinating little museum.
Visit 9.00am – 5pm Sunday to Friday (last admission 4.00pm) Summer
For Further information:- Geevor Tin Mine
For lunch there is an on site cafe or meander along the scenic coastal road to The Gurnard’s Head for great food. or nearby the Tinner’s Arms a true Cornish pub dating from 1271 and once frequented by D.H. Lawrence. Here the cows still queue to be milked in the lane outside and hungry coastal footpath walkers refuel for the next stretch of the path with one of the “nation’s favourite drives waiting for you just outside on the road between St Ives and Land’s End.
Porthcurno telegraph museum
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is almost the birthplace for modern communications Porthcurno valley, in the far west of Cornwall, was the hub of international cable communications from 1870-1970 and a training college for the communications industry until 1993.
In WWII secret tunnels were dug by Cornish miners to house an underground building and the entire telegraph operations. These bomb proof/gas proof tunnels provided 14 secure cables out of the UK to its allies and are rumoured to be haunted still
The museum proper is reopening in June after extensive reorganisation and the addition of a Sculpture Garden is a nice extra for the day
Visit Opening times:-10.00am – 17.00 daily (Last admission 16.00)
For further info check here:- Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
Try lunch at the atmospheric, unspoilt, Logan Rock Inn – it’s just as you’d expect a Cornish pub to be – spotlessly clean, full of character and unadorned.
A final note from the Ednovean mousing squad……
“Enjoy Cornwall and remember the rain never usually last for very long!”
I originally published part of this blog to make the most of even a wet day in Cornwall, in the Ednovean Diaries in that I started in 2009 and as it brought one of the driest summers I can remember I thought it was worth repeating – maybe this will bring a heatwave!