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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. Leeds Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Maidstone

    Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and programme of events awaits visitors.

  2. Theatre Royal Winchester

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    Theatre

    Winchester

    Beautiful and intimate Edwardian-style Theatre venue

  3. 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.

  4. Dinosaur Isle

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    Museum

    Sandown

    In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs

  5. Winchester City Museum

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    Museums & Galleries

    Winchester

    Located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England's ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great. From its origins as an Iron Age trading centre to Anglo-Saxon glory, the last journey of Jane Austen to…

  6. 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.

  7. Flora Twort Gallery and Petersfield Museum

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    Museum

    Petersfield

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Buckler's Hard

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    Museum

    New Forest

    A unique 18th Century village where warships for Nelson's Navy were built. Maritime museum, historic 18th Century cottages, riverside walk, SS Persia Exhibition, St Mary's Chapel and optional river cruise.

  11. Cumberland House Natural History Museum

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    Museum

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain. It has many different habitats in a very small area, and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all.

  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. Bodleian Libraries

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    Historic Site

    Oxford

    See one of the oldest libraries at the heart of Oxford's historic University. Discover the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture, or choose one of the guided tours, including a visit to Duke Humfrey's library.

  14. 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.

  15. Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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    Science Centre

    Morn Hill, Winchester

    Winchester Science Centre is more than a day out. It’s a chance to spark your children’s curiosity in science which could lead them on an exciting journey for life! Situated in the stunning South Downs National Park, this exciting family destination…

  16. 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.

  17. The D-Day Story

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    Museum

    Portsmouth

    The D-Day Story is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion in June 1944. It tells the unique personal stories behind this epic event.

  18. The Orchard Theatre

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    Theatres & Cinemas

    Dartford

    The Orchard Theatre was officially opened on the 14th April 1983 by His Royal Highness The
    Duke of Kent and quickly gained a reputation as one of the country's premier venues presenting
    a remarkable range of entertainment.

  19. Ivy Arts Centre in Guildford

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    Theatre

    388 Perimeter Road, GUILDFORD

    The Ivy Arts Centre is Guildford’s premium venue for world-class musical theatre, plays and productions. Every Season the Ivy features a series of internally produced and national touring productions. The Centre has three performance venues, the…

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