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: Uncover underwater secrets at Blue Planet Aquarium

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater secrets at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, giant octopus and plenty more indoor activities as you immerse in this underwater world.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, drive a model steam engine and walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

 
Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Find out what goes on behind the BBC camera and have a go in front of it.

Location: Salford, Greater Manchester

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

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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Rainy Day Activities: Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Uncover the life of the children’s author and illustrator as you explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

Location: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

 
Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 
Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Test your strength as you climb up the walls of this 15th-century church on an indoor activity break in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

 
Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating and unique collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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

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

 
Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to life via a number of locations across the UK, one of which was the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral.

Location: Durham City, Durham

 
Rainy Day Activities: Venture beneath the city on the Mersey Tunnel Tour

Rainy Day Activities: Venture beneath the city on the Mersey Tunnel Tour

Take a sneak peak at the famous Queensway Mersey Tunnel - a unique indoor attraction close to Liverpool's bustling docks.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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

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: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge

Rainy Day Activities: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge

This ultimate indoor activity will have you venture deep into the famous caves at Cheddar to see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 
Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

 
Rainy Day Activities: Experience the underground world of Wookey Hole

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

 
Travel back in time at Milestones Museum

Travel back in time at Milestones Museum

A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

 
Experience medieval England at The Canterbury Tales

Experience medieval England at The Canterbury Tales

Ever wanted to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England?

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 
Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Pedal like an Olympian around Lee Valley VeloPark

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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Uncover history at the New Forest Centre

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

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