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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 or holiday and 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 or why not indulge in the many breweries or 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.

Top nine things to do on a rainy day

  • The Observatory Science Centre, East Sussex
    More than 100 exhibits and an out-of-this-world atmosphere.
  • Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
    Immerse yourself in Roald Dahl's fizzpopping world of fun.
  • Buckingham Palace State Rooms, London
    An insight into the British Monarchy with a new theme every year.
  • WWF's Living Planet Centre, Woking, Surrey
    Free admission and great for family activities.
  • Space Store, Didcot, Oxfordshire
    The Space Store is an experiential store dedicated to bringing space to everyone, everywhere, every day.
  • 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.
  • Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, Westerham, Kent
    The Biggin Hill Memorial Museum tells the story of Britain’s most famous fighter station through the personal experiences of those who served there, and the community who supported them.

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. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

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

  2. Theatre Royal Winchester

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    Theatre

    Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

  3. Pavilion Theatre

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    Theatre

    Worthing

    Part of Worthing Theatres, the Pavilion Theatre is situated on the promenade at the entrance to Worthing’s pier and hosts a variety of theatre, dance, music and comedy as well as events including craft fairs, children’s workshops and corporate events

  4. The D-Day Story

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    Museum

    Portsmouth

    The D-Day Story is now open!

  5. Royal Observatory Greenwich

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    Museum

    London

    Stand astride two hemispheres on the Prime Meridian Line and enjoy spectacular views over London at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

  6. 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…

  7. 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!

  8. Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

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    Museum

    Gosport

    Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy’s Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.

  9. Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Portsmouth

    Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is now open!

  10. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museums & Galleries

    Lymington

    St. Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. Take a journey and discover the people, places and events that have made the New Forest coast unique with our up-to-date interactive museum displays. Experience some…

  11. Sandwich Guildhall Museum

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    Museum

    Sandwich

    Museum telling the story of Sandwich from early medieval times.  There are many illustrative panels relating to the town’s history with artefacts dating back to the early 13th century.

  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 café, museum shop and education facilities.

  14. Maidenhead Heritage Centre

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    Museum

    Maidenhead

    Fly a Spitfire simulator at this local museum which covers local history from the Romans to Racing Cars!

  15. Mayflower Theatre

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    Theatre

    Southampton

    The largest Theatre in the south, The Mayflower offers spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End - plus opera, ballet and comedy.

  16. 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.

  17. Royal Engineers Museum

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    Museum

    Gillingham

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II, planes, trains, tanks, bridges, bombs, 25 galleries.

  18. 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.

  19. Kent Museum of the Moving Image

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    DEAL

    Kent MOMI is a not-for-profit museum that explores the deep history of the moving image — from the days of candle-lit magic lantern performances and hand-painted slides, through Victorian visual experimentation, to the heyday of the cinema.

  20. 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.

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