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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 holiday, 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 including a visit to one of the many theatres, cinemas or bowling alleys across the destination, providing fun for the whole family.

Delve into the South East's history and heritage with a visit to the likes of Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester, Windsor Castle in Windsor, or Leeds Castle in Maidstone.  You'll find many more great historic houses, castles and churches and catherdrals to explore across the South on those not so good weather days.

Please remember to pre-book your visits and check the individual attraction websites for the most up to date information. 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 10 things to do on a rainy day

  • HUMOS Natural Perfumery
    Learn about the many different scents and ingredients that are used to create luxury perfumes and hand 
  • 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
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
    VisitEngland's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, right in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • British Airways i360, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
    Take to the skies and see Brighton and the South coast like never before!
  • Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire 
    Salisbury Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome, and hospitality for over 800 years
  • Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, Oxfordshire
    Exhibitions and tours of this culturally significant building.
  • 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.
  • The Diving Museum, Gosport, Hampshire
    The Diving Museum covers all aspects of diving from underwater sports and spear fishing to military, commercial and scientific research diving. 

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. Ramsgate Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Ramsgate

  2. 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

  3. Winter Gardens Margate

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    Theatre

    Margate

    Opened on August 3rd 1911 by the Mayor of Margate. Providing Hospitality and Leisure Services in Partnership with Thanet District Council. Two theatres, four bars, catering for up to 700 people, parties, plays and exhibitions

  4. Margate Museum

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    Margate

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum who work with Thanet District Council to open Margate Museum on a regular basis.

  5. Dickens House Museum

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    Historic House / Palace

    Broadstairs

    The museum is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield.

  6. New Forest Centre

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    Museum

    Lyndhurst

    Find out what makes the Forest so special at the New Forest Centre. The Museum is great for families and there's a Gallery, Library, Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop too!

  7. 'a space' arts

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    Arts Centre

    SOUTHAMPTON

    a space arts

    We work to support visual artists and cultural audiences in and around Southampton to create a space where artistic communities can flourish.

    Our vision is to change how we work with Southampton’s visual arts community and…

  8. Globalls

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    Golf Course

    Brighton Marina Village, BRIGHTON

    Globalls has it’s very own 12-hole indoor golf course, this is a unique games experience. Based on an aquatic, carnival or tropicana theme you can play amongst life size neon sculptures and wall art.

  9. Forest Arts Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    New Milton

    Forest Arts Centre is the leading venue for live arts events in the New Forest. A former military drill hall in New Milton, it has a 146 capacity air-conditioned theatre, dance studio, workshop room and licensed café-bar with gallery space.

  10. Farringford House & Gardens

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    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…

  11. Ashcroft Arts Centre

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    Arts Centre

    Fareham

    Offering comedy, theatre, music, festivals and classes for all ages, there is something for everyone on offer at Fareham’s Ashcroft Arts Centre.

  12. SeaCity Museum

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    Museum

    Southampton

    Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how they bring maritime history…

  13. C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

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    Rolvenden

    Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan, early cycles, motorcycles, toy and model cars and motoring memorabilia.

  14. Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

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    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

  15. The Arc

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    WINCHESTER

    The brand-new place to experience live performance, library and community services, art, classes and talks, all together, under one roof in the heart of Winchester.

  16. The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

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    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.

  17. Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours

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    Brewery

    Faversham

    Visit Britain's oldest brewer, see how beer is made, discover a 300 year heritage and sample award winning ales and lagers. Visit the Brewery Shop.

  18. South Hill Park

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    Theatre

    BRACKNELL

    From within the grounds of an 18th century mansion house – South Hill Park hosts over 300 shows, events and films each year. We also provide a range of courses and workshops, inspiring exhibitions, and a stunning surrounding for corporate, community…

  19. Holme Grange Craft Village

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    Craft Centre

    Wokingham

    We offer a wide range of goods and services and a fabulous tea shop in a historic barn opening onto a beautiful enclosed courtyard where you can sit and relax while you enjoy your refreshment.

  20. Jane Austen’s House

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    Museum

    Alton

    Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire is the picturesque country cottage where Jane Austen lived. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was here that Jane’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and had published all her…

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