Worried rain will spoil the day?
The good news is that, even when the weather is not sunny, there’s loads of fun to be had. Start by searching our site for things to do on a rainy day or check out some of the suggestions below.
See London from the top deck of a Routemaster Heritage Bus on one of its two remaining heritage routes: route 9 and route 15.
Go wildlife watching with an expert at London Wetland Centre. These are individual sessions to watch and learn about wildlife in a natural setting, a wonderful experience if you want to enhance your personal knowledge of wildlife. They also make wonderful gifts for nature lovers.
Visit The Geffrey Museum of the Home and explore the quintessential style of English middle-class living rooms, via an extensive collection of furniture, textiles, paintings and decorative arts.
Step back in time at Dennis Severs’ House , a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields, London. Dennis Severs lived here between 1979 to 1999 during which time he recreated each room as a time capsule reflecting past centuries.
Learn the story of aviation from early bi-planes to the latest strike-jets on a visit to the RAF Museum London, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Edinburgh and Glasgow
Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun has a great deal to offer on a day out, from a visit to its magnificent house and gardens, to woodland walks, activities, and events throughout the year.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a fascinating art and history lovers’ destination in the west of Glasgow. It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying 8000 objects and extensive collections, ranging from natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history, andmuch more.
For family days out, visit the Tollcross Children’s Farm in Glasgow. The Farm provides the ideal opportunity for inner city children to learn more about country life. Entry is free.
Come to the JORVIK Viking Centre for a groundbreaking visitor experience that enables you to experience life in Viking-Age York. Explore the remains of 1,000 year old houses, see objects taken from the excavations and Viking-age timbers.
Take an amazing voyage beneath the waves when you visit Scarborough SEA LIFE and Marine Sanctuary with its 150 different species of fish, underwater tunnel, regular talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day, and a children’s soft play area and restaurant.
Lightwater Valley Theme Park in North Yorkshire offers fun days out in any weather, with kids’ adventure play areas, rides and attractions, shopping, seasonal events, firework dispalys, and a birds of prey centre.
For the brave, The Original Ghost Walk of York– believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the World- offers a night of mystery, magic and history to capture the imagination and inspire the mind.
Bolton Castle is preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover including the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armoury, Great Chamber and Mary Queen of Scots bedroom. About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible giving visitors great insight into its turbulent past.
Learn about the local shipbuilding history and explore Cumbria’s rich past at The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness. It offers free admission and free car and coach parking, and is open throughout the year.
Experience the world’s greatest sport at the National Football Museum in Manchester, whether you are a football fan or a family planning a visit to the great city. The museum is designed to appeal to families with kids of all ages.
Visit the historic Croxteth Hall in Liverpool, a great example of an elegant Edwardian country house, with opulently furnished rooms showing a glimpse of life ‘above’ and ‘below’ stairs. The Hall is also a venue for concerts, art exhibitions, murder mystery events and markets.
For something different, the Lancashire Wine School, an independent wine education company, runs Wine Tastings and Wine Courses in Lancashire for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it.
The Roman collections at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend covers a 300 year roman occupation period, with many original artefacts including the only stone toilet seat from Roman Britain!
Come to Killhope near Durham, an award winning North of England Lead Mining Museum, fully restored, where visitors can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pennine Dales.
Last but not least, for a fun family day out in Darlington try Adventure Point, a fantastic fun-filled destination for adults and kids of all ages, whatever the weather.
For an all-weather family attraction in the West Midlands, visit Park Hall near Oswestry. The Park offers hands-on animal activities, two large indoor play-barns, lots of outdoor play and driving activities.
Spend an interesting day at the Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle and discover over 1000 years of history, explore the nature reserve, or simply relax in the excellent cafe.
Hatton Farm Village is a great destination for family days out in Warwickshire, West Midlands, with a new indoor play area, a fun packed programme of farmyard animals adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, falconry displays and tractor rides.
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offer a series of fascinating talks and tours, covering everything from the art collection and garden design, to the history of the House and the Rothschilds’ wine-making heritage.
The West Somerset Railway is a fantastic place to explore historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey, great for a family day out or for railway enthusiasts.
Barleylands Farm and Craft Village is a great place for a day out with the kids in Essex, whether it is sunny or it rains. The museum is used as an educational facility to teach children about the agricultural history of the local area.
Discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, now preserved as the last complete Victorian Pottery factory in the country.
A warm welcome awaits you at Llwyndrain, a traditional Welsh farmstead, nestling in the stunning backdrop of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire. They also specialise in bespoke art courses for all abilities, offering weekly art classes, ‘Art Taster Days’, one day art workshops, short courses, summer schools, and bespoke courses. Why not join them for an art holiday with tuition to suit you?
The Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead is one of Wales’s leading arts centres. It offers a varied programme, combining appearances by performers and artists of international standing with community events led by local people.
The Almond Valley Heritage Centre in West Lothian is home to many friendly farm animals and offers a programme of seasonal crafts, games and activities for children in unique outdoor play facilities and indoor play areas, with picnic areas throughout the site.
Visit the beautiful Ardkinglas House, dramatically positioned on the shores of Loch Fyne, within a magnificent setting of hills, loch and woodland.