Things to do on a rainy day in South East England

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Discover hundreds of places to go and things to do indoors across South East England.

Don't let the wet weather spoil your day out, staycation or bank holiday weekend, find a rainy day activity near you on our interactive map or try our Places to Visit section for more ideas on a particular county, city or town.

Indoor Attractions

Whether you're looking for things to do on a rainy day for adults or kids, find a wide selection of museums, craft centres and galleries to visit, or why not indulge in a brewery tour or discover one of the fine shopping centres that grace the South East.

There are numerous options for things to do indoors for sporty types, while entertainment is never far away thanks to an array of theatres and everything from cinemas to bowling providing fun for the whole family.

Please remember to pre-book your visits and check the individual attraction websites for the most up to date information including covid-19 policies, capacities and take time to plan ahead. Look out for the tourism 'Good to Go charter mark' showing that the business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.

Top ten things to do on a rainy day

  • The Observatory Science Centre, East Sussex
    More than 100 exhibits and an out-of-this-world atmosphere.
  • Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Hampshire  
    Amazing family fun at this interactive, hands on science and technology centre.
  • Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum, Hampshire
    Home of the iconic world famous National Motor Museum and World of Top Gear
  • Buckingham Palace State Rooms, London
    An insight into the British Monarchy with a new theme every year.
  • British Airways i360, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
    Take to the skies and see Brighton and the South coast like never before!
  • Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent
    World Heritage Site, Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage.
  • Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, Oxfordshire
    Exhibitions and tours of this culturally significant building.
  • Ramsgate Tunnels, Kent
    Winston Churchill was once famously refused entry, but you will not!
  • Dinosaur Isle, Sandown, Isle of Wight
    Step back in time to when these tremendous beats ruled the earth.
  • Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    Experience the spectacular country house built in the style of a French Renaissance-style château and housing one of the finest collections of French 18th century decorative arts and British portraiture.

Indoor things to do near me

Whether you live nearby or are travelling to the South East for a day trip or longer holiday, find places to go when it's raining near you below. Use the 'map view' function to narrow your search to a particular area or try our Places to Visit section for more ideas on a particular county, city or town.

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  1. The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

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    Historic House / Palace

    London

    The Royal Mews is an important branch of the Lord Chamberlain's Office and provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car.

  2. Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

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    Historic Site

    Fareham

    Fort Nelson is a superbly restored Victorian fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It is home to the Royal Armouries national artillery collection with over 350 historic guns on display.

  3. City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre

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    Arts Centre

    Winchester

    A vibrant and versatile gallery space hosting a changing programme of exhibits to celebrate the best of Winchester's thriving arts and heritage scene.

  4. Clarence House

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    Historic House / Palace

    London

  5. Tudor House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Margate

    Thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Kent, it was built around 1525 and is believed to be the home of a wealthy yeoman farmer

  6. Connaught Theatre, Cinema & Studio

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    Theatre

    Worthing

    The Art Deco Connaught Theatre, Cinema and Studio hosts a wide variety of plays ranging from musicals and thrillers to drama and children’s shows as well as 2D and 3D blockbuster films.

  7. Whitchurch Silk Mill

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    Water Mill

    WHITCHURCH

    A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is open to the public and is one of Hampshire's hidden gems.

  8. Pevensey Castle

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    Historic Site

    Pevensey

    A Roman fortress built in 4thC as a defence against Saxon pirates, includes fine west gate. Norman castle built within Roman walls contains remains of unusual keep. Tudor gun. Exhibition.

  9. Congress Theatre

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    Conference / Exhibition Centre

    Eastbourne

    The Congress Theatre is Grade II* listed. Purpose built, the theatre and conference venue has a seating capacity of 1655, and is one of the largest theatres on the south coast.

  10. Canterbury Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Canterbury

    Motherchurch of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop. Stunning stained glass. Eleventh Century Crypt, Twelfth Century Quire, Fourteenth Century Nave.

  11. Bishops Waltham Palace

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    Historic Site

    Winchester

    Remains of Bishop of Winchester`s palace are mainly 12th and 14thC consisting of buildings around a courtyard and moat. Remains include the Great Hall and 3-storey tower.

  12. Farringford House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    FRESHWATER

    Visiting Farringford

    Farringford is a Grade 1 Listed Building and was the main domicile residence of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, from 1856 until his death in 1892. It continued in the possession of the Tennyson family until 1945, when it…

  13. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Brighton

    Brighton Museum has dynamic and innovative galleries - including fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and world art. There is a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions. Also a museum shop and education facilities.

  14. HUMOS Natural Perfumery

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    Craft Centre

    READING

    HUMOS Natural Perfumery hosts a range of luxury fragrance and candle creation workshops at their showroom and studio in Reading in addition to designing and creating luxury perfumes, candles, room mists and room diffusers

  15. Down House - The Home of Charles Darwin

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    Historic House / Palace

    Orpington

    Visit Down House, the family home of Charles Darwin. Explore the atmospheric family rooms where he lived and worked and learn about his fascinating life and groundbreaking theories with our exhibition “Uncovering Origins” .

  16. Flora Twort Gallery and Petersfield Museum

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    Museum

    Petersfield

    A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.

  17. Theatre Royal Margate

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    Theatre

    Margate

    The Theatre Royal, Addington Street Margate Kent, is perhaps southern England's most haunted theatre. Opened originally in 1787, heir to over 200 years of tradition and holding slightly under five hundred patrons.

  18. Strawberry Hill House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Twickenham

    Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience, with a unique collection of renaissance painted glass and magnificently restored interiors.

  19. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

    Guildford Cathedral is a modern Cathedral with a beautiful interior and an amazing story.

  20. Theatre Royal Winchester

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    Theatre

    Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

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