Rainy day ideas

Indoor activities

Find indoor activities for half term holidays, bank holiday weekends, seaside escapes and city breaks. Take your pick from indoor attractions and such as free museums and other indoor attractions such as aquariums and galleries, or if you’re feeling braver, there are climbing centres, underground caverns and cycle velodromes. You can tour television studios and explore living history heritage attractions, or even whet your whistle on a brewery tour. Whatever you fancy doing, England is packed with indoor activities and things to do on a rainy day.

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Rainy Day Activities: Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Enter the adrenaline-fuelled world of track cycling on Derby's 250-metre indoor Velodrome, suitable for novices, veterans and elite cyclists.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 

Bag some bon bons at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Evoke happy childhood memories with hundreds of retro sweets at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Take afternoon tea in the Pump Room

Get a taste of Jane Austen’s world while tucking into a traditional English afternoon tea at Regency haunt, The Pump Room.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get interactive on a family trip to Eureka!

Eureka! in Halifax is an indoor attraction that inspires children to learn all about the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and having fun.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections; escape the rain for a whole day, or pop in for five minutes for a quick browse.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

See hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings.

Location: South Kensington, London

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Explore the world's largest football collection, learn about the history and culture of England's national sport and take part in other footy-related indoor activities at Manchester's National Football Museum.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

This grandiose Georgian museum is filled with curiosities from an eye-popping Viking treasure hoard to dinosaur fossils and a working observatory.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Nine floors of silver-screens

A visit to the National Media Museum is a must if you love photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Hop from gallery to shop at the Salts Mill

Found near Bradford, the Yorkshire Salts Mill is an indoor hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover history at the New Forest Centre

Learn more about one of the UK's oldest and largest royal forests at the indoor New Forest Heritage Centre.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

The ‘Steel City’s’ unique industrial story is brought to life through interactive galleries at this captivating indoor museum.

Location: Kelham Island, South Yorkshire

 

Pedal like an Olympian around Lee Valley VeloPark

Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a hub of cycling activity for beginners through to the elite.

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

 

July events: Watch a live opera at the Buxton International Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature on the edge of the scenic Peak District.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 

Keep active this winter at High Sports Brighton & Hove

It may be a bit chilly for a swim in the sea, but you can head inside and get climbing to stay active during the cold months.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Rainy Day Activities: Experience the underground world of Wookey Hole

There are legends aplenty about Britain’s biggest caves, where you’ll find a secret river and bewitching caverns.

Location: Wells, Somerset

 

Rainy Day Activities: Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

At one of Plymouth's oldest indoor attractions, see first hand how Plymouth's unique smooth gin is made.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: Step into history in the Churchill War Rooms

Delve underground into Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and uncover the secret location which housed the Prime Minister during WWII.

Location: Westminster, London

 

Rainy Day Activities: Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Explore the historic building where William Shakespeare spent his schooldays and discovered theatre for the first time; an ideal thing to do when it rains.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Admire historical artworks in a grand setting at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Find out what lies beneath Exeter

Escape the rain to explore Exeter’s Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum - ideal indoor attractions for a drizzly day.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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