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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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

Rainy Day Activities: Venture beneath the city on the Mersey Tunnel Tour

Take a sneak peak at the famous Queensway Mersey Tunnel - a unique indoor attraction close to Liverpool's bustling docks.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Rainy Day Activities: Sunderland Museum

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a show at award-winning kids’ theatre, the egg

Looking for something to do when it rains that'll keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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: Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Uncover the life of the children’s author and illustrator as you explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

Location: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

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

The last ever concorde to fly, in a hangar at Aerospace Bristol

Step aboard a supersonic Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Visit the true home of the Concorde at Aerospace Bristol, which tells the story of Bristol’s amazing aviation achievements.

Location: Bristol

Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, drive a model steam engine and walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

Rainy Day Activities: Aim for a strike at All Star Lanes

Bowling, dining, cocktails and perhaps a touch of karaoke - a simple combination of indoor activities that guarantee a memorable boutique experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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

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: 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

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

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 at this historic observatory.

Location: Greenwich, London

Rainy Day Activities: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge

This ultimate indoor activity will have you venture deep into the famous caves at Cheddar to see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

Rainy Day Activities: Experience the underground world of Wookey Hole

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

Location: Wells, Somerset

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

Say hello to pampered pups in Skegness

Visit Natureland to see how washed-up seal pups are nursed back to health and prepared for a life back in the wild.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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: Explore the spectacular Science Museum

Known around the world for its historic collections and inspirational exhibitions, London's Science Museum is a treat for all the family.

Location: South Kensington, London

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