Rainy day ideas

Rainy day ideas

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.

Rainy day ideas

Rainy day ideas

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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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

 
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

 
Bugs and bonkers inventions in Stratford-upon-Avon

Bugs and bonkers inventions in Stratford-upon-Avon

Head to an exotic paradise at Stratford Butterfly Farm and go crazy with the kids at the MAD Museum.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
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

 
There’s more to Cheddar Gorge than just cheese!

There’s more to Cheddar Gorge than just cheese!

Explore the famous caves at Cheddar on a deep, dark, expedition, and see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 
Meet Wallace and Gromit at M Shed & At Bristol

Meet Wallace and Gromit at M Shed & At Bristol

Bristol is home to major world studio, Aardman Animations - creators of world-famous Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit.

Location: Bristol

 
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

 
Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

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

 
Venture, if you dare, into gruesome York Dungeon

Venture, if you dare, into 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

 
Look into outer space at Jodrell Bank

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

 
Enjoy an interactive fun-filled family day out, Eureka!

Enjoy an interactive fun-filled family day out, Eureka!

Eureka! in Halifax inspires children to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and having fun.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

 
Visit one of the UK's most innovative climbing centres

Visit one of the UK's most innovative climbing centres

Adrenalin pumping, heart stopping, fear inducing - the unique Rokt Climbing Gym offers indoor climbing at its best.

Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire

 
Uncover England's maritime history in Greenwich

Uncover England's maritime history in Greenwich

Journey back into London’s seafaring history and come up close and personal with Britain’s most famous sailor, Lord Nelson.

Location: Greenwich, London

 
Get spooked in the dungeons

Get spooked in the dungeons

Dig deep into Lancashire's dark history and head to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon for scary stories galore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
Modern art on the coast of St Ives

Modern art on the coast of St Ives

With clean air and shimmering sea, St Ives is a true English beauty. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern living by stopping in this idyllic spot.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

 
Explore the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Explore the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

An intriguing place to visit with nine permanent galleries, two exhibition galleries and hundreds of events and activities throughout the year.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Venture beneath the city streets on the Mersey Tunnel Tour

Venture beneath the city streets on the Mersey Tunnel Tour

Take a look underneath and behind the scenes of this most famous of English rivers.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
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

 
Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

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

 
Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Visit for a whole day, or just pop in for 5 minutes.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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