Rainy day ideas

Things to do on a rainy day and rainy day activities

We can all agree England looks fantastic when then sun shines, but we’re not exactly giving the game away when we point out that’s not always the case, and besides there are loads of things to do on a rainy day in England. Whether you’re looking to fill half term holidays, a bank holiday weekend or simply need some ideas for rainy day activities for the kids, we’ve got some great tips, or maybe it’s you and some friends at a loose end and looking for some things to do when it rains. Take your pick from indoor attractions such as museums, 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 things to do on a rainy day.

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Step into the Victorian era at York Castle Museum

Step into the Victorian era at York Castle Museum

The closest thing to time travel, this trend-setting museum transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Let the kids run riot at Underwater Street

Let the kids run riot at Underwater Street

Unleash the little ones and let them loose to explore this fun interactive experience that will stimulate their minds.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Broaden your horizons at Eden Project

Broaden your horizons at Eden Project

Five biomes make for one of Britain's most impressive eco-attractions in the hills of Cornwall.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

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See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

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Experience all the fun of a vintage fair

Experience all the fun of a vintage fair

Visit the largest collection of working vintage fairground rides and world class fairground art in Britain, from the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Location: Lifton, Devon

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Learn how real ales and single estate vodka are made

Learn how real ales and single estate vodka are made

Book onto a Brewery and Distillery tour and learn more about how real ales and single estate vodka are made.

Location: Ramsbury, Wiltshire

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Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Summer 2016 sees the opening of Shakespeare's Schoolroom to the public for the first time.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world. Climb over the roof of The O2 and ride on London’s only cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

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See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

See a rare Shakespeare portrait at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery holds a vital key to what Shakespeare looked like, with what may be the only portrait of the bard painted from life.

Location: Charing Cross, Greater London

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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Enter a real life chocolate factory at Cadbury World

Enter a real life chocolate factory at Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

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

Location: Bristol

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Surround yourself with tropical fish at SEA LIFE Brighton

Surround yourself with tropical fish at SEA LIFE Brighton

Take a deep breath and see if you can walk through the world’s largest under-sea glass tunnel at SEA LIFE Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Climb up to the apex of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

Climb up to the apex of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

With over 200 climbing lines, walls ranging from 7 to 14 metres, training walls and an abseil tower there really are something for everyone.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics to biplanes, and works of art to stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery – whatever your passion.

Location: Bristol

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Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house in historic Bath

Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house in historic Bath

Spend an evening dining in a restored Georgian Chapel followed by an indie film in the art deco styled Little Theatre.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy

Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy

The only Royal Academy outside of London, the RWA hosts a varied exhibition programme celebrating outstanding artists.

Location: Bristol

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Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, surrounded by beautiful neo-Gothic architecture.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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