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.

Things to do on a rainy day and rainy day activities

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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Experience life underwater at The Deep aquarium

Experience life underwater at The Deep aquarium

The Deep transports you to an underwater world where you can walk through Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Dig into history at the British Museum

Dig into history at the British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world.

Location: Bloomsbury, London

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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

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Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Take a step back in time to discover what life was like in a network of underground tunnels, home to thousands of people during the Second World War.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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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

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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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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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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

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Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

As well as history galore, there’s the chance to experience a pony sale at the New Forest Centre – you just won’t be able to take one home with you.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

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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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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

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Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

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

Location: Wells, Somerset

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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

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Discover stories for all ages at The Story Museum

Discover stories for all ages at The Story Museum

Explore the power of your own imagination with exhibitions, installations, events and activities for all ages at Oxford's newest museum.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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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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Get on board at the National Railway Museum

Get on board at the National Railway Museum

The world's largest railway museum is home to a staggering collection of restored locomotives, including the fastest steam engine of all time.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

London is probably the last place you’d expect to find tiger sharks, but at Sea Life London Aquarium there’s a whole load of them swimming about happily.

Location: South Bank, London

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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

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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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