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 Oxford's Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, housed inside one of the city's most beautiful neo-Gothic buildings.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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

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: 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: Entertain the kids at Imagine That

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

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Rainy Day Activities: Experience all the fun of a vintage fair

Visit the largest collection of working vintage fairground rides and world-class fairground art in Britain at this fantastic indoor attraction.

Location: Lifton, Devon

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

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

Go under the sea at The Deep Aquarium

Get out of the rain and head... into the water? This underwater world features Europe's deepest viewing tunnel, offering unparalleled views of exotic fish, sharks and other sea creatures.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Blast off to the National Space Centre

From astronauts to rocket towers, satellites and meteorites, there is plenty of space to explore at this fun, family-friendly attraction.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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: Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover the incredible and diverse collection of museums, galleries and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of one another, on a rainy day in Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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: Scale the walls of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

With over 200 climbing lines, training walls and an abseil tower, there are plenty of indoor activities to suit everyone.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Create your own goodies at The Chocolate Factory Hawkshead

Take the family on a sweet adventure with a hands-on experience at the Lake District's own Chocolate Factory.

Location: Hawkshead, Cumbria

Rainy Day Activities: Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Explore the world's largest football collection, learn about the history and culture of England's national sport and take part in other footy-related indoor activities at Manchester's National Football Museum.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections; escape the rain for a whole day, or pop in for five minutes for a quick browse.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Rainy Day Activities: Discover 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

Rainy Day Activities: Meet a mummy at the Hands on History Museum

Converted from the oldest secular building in Hull, the Hands on History Museum provides a fascinating insight into history from across the globe.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Rainy Day Activities: Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Enter the adrenaline-fuelled world of track cycling on Derby's 250-metre indoor Velodrome, suitable for novices, veterans and elite cyclists.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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

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