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: Explore exotic worlds at Stratford Butterfly Farm

With hundreds of exotic butterflies and tropical biomes, Stratford Butterfly Farm is an ideal distraction from the weather on a rainy day.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Enjoy splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum

Ever wondered where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started or what a Bogtrotter cake might taste like? This family-friendly museum has answers for children and adults of all ages.

Location: Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

 

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 into the gruesome York Dungeon

There’s spine-chilling fun to be had in this dungeon, where 2,000 horrible years of history are brought to life by grisly theatre and sudden frights.

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

 

Meet the Romans at Wroxeter Roman City

See the city that the Romans built for us - once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.

Location: Wroxeter, Shropshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Enter the magical Warner Bros Studio Tour

Step inside the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

 

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

 

Rainy Day Activities: See the stars at Bristol's 3D Planetarium

Located in the We The Curious science centre, the UK's only 3D Planetarium offers a unique perspective on the night skies with seasonal shows and special events.

Location: Bristol

 

Rainy Day Activities: Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand and watch the latest blockbusters at the UK's oldest working cinema.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Visit Europe's largest library

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

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: Discover wonders at Winchester Science Centre

Enjoy an adventurous day out for the whole family at the Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, and learn more about our constantly expanding universe.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

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: Relax in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths

Use the next rainy day as an excuse for a spa treatment in these elaborate Turkish baths, recently restored to their former glory.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Scale the innovative Rokt Climbing Gym

Adrenalin pumping, heart stopping, fear inducing - this unique activity centre in Yorkshire offers indoor climbing at its best.

Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house

Spend an evening dining in a restored Georgian Chapel followed by an indie film in the art deco-styled Little Theatre - the perfect combination of indoor activities for when it's raining outside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

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: Look into outer space at Jodrell Bank

Cutting-edge astronomy and interactive displays wow visitors to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, home of the magnificent Lovell Telescope.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Enter an underwater world at Sea Life London

Step out of the rain and head underwater at Sea Life London Aquarium, and discover a whole world of aquatic life.

Location: Southbank, London

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Explore hundreds of years of mining heritage at this unique museum in Northumberland, built from what was once the largest pit village in the world.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

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