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 summer 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 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.  Many businesses in the South East are continuing to ask visitors to wear masks even when restrictions are lifted so please plan ahead and check. 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kent Museum of the Moving Image, Deal, Kent
    Kent MOMI is a not-for-profit museum that explores the deep history of the moving image
  • 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 True CRIME Museum

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    Museum

    Hastings

    “A SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME”

  2. Booth Museum of Natural History

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    Museum

    Brighton

    This fascinating museum houses exhibits that include hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, insects from butterflies to beetles, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones

  3. Parham House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Pulborough

    Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the Pearson family who bought Parham in 1922.

  4. Churchill Theatre

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    Theatre

    Bromley

    An eclectic programme features a popular array of top-quality musicals, drama,
    comedy, dance, family shows, one night events, and world-class pantomime.

  5. Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age

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    Museums & Galleries

    Andover

    Housed in a Georgian town house built in the 1750s, Andover Museum tells the story of the town and its surrounding area from prehistoric times to the present day.

  6. 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

  7. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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    Brighton

    Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion garden, at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter.

  8. Westbury Manor Museum

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    Museum

    Fareham

    An elegant 18thC building with a Victorian-style public garden at the rear. Displays tell the story of Fareham, using models, graphics and objects with a varied temporary exhibition gallery.

  9. Bluewater Shopping Centre

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    Bluewater, Greenhithe

    Bluewater, Europe's largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination.

  10. Puzzalogical Escape Room

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    BRACKNELL

    Brand new escape room in Bracknell – 60 MINUTES OF FULLY IMMERSIVE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

    If you are looking for something different to do in Bracknell, especially when the winter months draw in, or it is raining outside, we have perfect activity for…

  11. 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.

  12. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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    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…

  13. Maidenhead Heritage Centre

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    Maidenhead

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

  14. Blenheim Palace

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    Woodstock

    Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens

  15. Petworth Cottage Museum

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    Petworth

    Welcome to this Leconfield estate-worker's cottage once the home of Mrs Cummings, a seamstress at Petworth House. Furnished as in 1910 it has a ground floor scullery and sitting room, with a kettle boiling on the coal-fired range.

  16. Scotney Castle

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    Garden

    Lamberhurst

    Not one but two houses! Victorian country house and ruined 14th century moated castle set in one of England's most romantic 'picturesque' style gardens.

  17. Hastings Castle & 1066 Story

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    Hastings

    Fragmentary remains of Norman Castle built on West Hill after William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings. 1066 Story interpretation centre in siege tent.

  18. C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

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    Museum

    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.

  19. 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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