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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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

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Lose yourself in art at the Arnolfini

Lose yourself in art at the Arnolfini

Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events.

Location: Bristol

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Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Tour the Distillery and see how Plymouth's unique smooth gin is made first hand in the oldest working distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Experience the astonishing to the spectacular at the Science Museum

Experience the astonishing to the spectacular at the Science Museum

A world renowned museum, famous for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

Location: South Kensington, London

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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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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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Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, a giant octopus and a pirate playground as you go underwater.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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Find out what lies beneath (as well as above) Exeter

Find out what lies beneath (as well as above) Exeter

Explore Exeter’s Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on a family break, and then relax with a burger at Urban Burger.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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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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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

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Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Cycle the track at Derby Arena

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

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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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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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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Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Get hands on at the National Football Museum

The history and culture of the national game is revealed as you explore the world's largest football collection.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Keep active this winter at High Sports Brighton & Hove

Keep active this winter at High Sports Brighton & Hove

It may be a bit chilly for a swim in the sea, but you can head inside and get climbing to stay active during the cold months.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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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Take a television Tour of the BBC

Take a television Tour of the BBC

Step inside the exciting world of broadcasting on one of the BBC’s award-winning tours.

Location: Bristol

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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

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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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