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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 Windsor Castle in Windsor, or Leeds Castle in Maidstone. You'll find many more great historic houses, castles and churches and cathedrals to explore across the South on those not so good weather days. The Queen’s House is a beautiful 17th-century royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones and is Britain’s first classical building. Marvel at the House’s pioneering architecture, including the iconic Tulip Stairs, and discover its internationally renowned art collection.  The Queen’s House is free to visit except for Special Exhibitions and guided tours.

Top 15 things to do on a rainy day

  • 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
  • Hampshire Cultural Trust, throughout Hampshire
    Twenty-three museums, arts centres, and galleries offering informative days out, workshops and events.   
  • Salisbury Catherdral, Sailsbury, Wiltshire
    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.
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, Hampshire
    The great value all explorer ticket gives 12-months of access to all 12 attractions. 
  • Odds Farm Park, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
     Along side the outdoor farm there is a massive adventure play area including the slides, tunnels, swinging ropes and more.  
  • The Powell-Cotton Museum, Nr Margate, Kent
    Bursting with natural history displays and fascinating exhibits from Aficia and Asia.
  • Basingstoke Leisure Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire
    Home to Milestones Museum, Basingstoke Aquadrome, the Odeon cinema, Planet Ice, Hollywood Bowl Basingstoke and iFly.
  • McArthurGlen Ashford Designer Outlet Shopping, Ashford, Kent
    Discover over 100 of your favourite brands all with up to 60% off the RRP, along with 13 eateries and a children's playground
  • Dover Castle, Dover, Kent
    Discover 2000 years of history including the secret underground tunnels, Operation Dynamo and the Great Tower.
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Winchester, Hampshire
    Explore the distillery and understand the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire
  • Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire
    For a truely memorable day out, home to Royal Ascot, firework nights, themed and family race days.

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. Dickens House Museum

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    Broadstairs

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

  2. Ramsgate Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Ramsgate

  3. Margate Museum

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    Museum

    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.

  4. Waddesdon Manor

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    Aylesbury

    This National Trust property houses the Rothschild Collection of art treasures and wine cellars. It also features spectacular grounds with an aviary, parterre and woodland playground, licensed restaurants, gift and wine shops.

  5. Sandwich Guildhall Museum

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    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.

  6. The National Animal Welfare Trust

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    Farm

    Hungerford

    Set in 10 acres of farmland on the edge of the Lambourn Downs, Trindledown Farm is dedicated exclusively to caring for those animals enjoying the twilight years of their lives. Our centre is home to both field animals and domestic pets. Elderly…

  7. Aldingbourne Country Centre

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    CHICHESTER

    The Aldingbourne Country Centre is a ‘Great day out’ in West Sussex.

    Visit their open farm, woodland walk, castle playground, maze, sand & water play area, ride on tractors, and indoor soft play. With their own onsite café, they also have a…

  8. Mountbatten Leisure Centre

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Portsmouth

    The Mountbatten Leisure Centre is set in an attractive park adjacent to Portsmouth's northern shore. The centre is the city's premier sports facility and has a long reputation for hosting a wide variety of national and international sporting events.

  9. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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    GREAT MISSENDEN

    The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, in Great Missenden is where Roald Dahl (1916-1990) lived and wrote many of his well-loved books. This great little award-winning Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds and their families, has fun galleries.

  10. The Surrey Explorer

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    Road Cycling

    Guildford

    All inclusive guided bike tours of the Surrey Hills, only 35 minutes by train from central London. Bikes, helmets and tour guide are provided. You can see so much more by bike: hidden villages and woodlands; points of interest; incredible views; and…

  11. Old Royal Naval College

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    LONDON

    Marvel at VisitEngland's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, right in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Explore the peaceful riverside location and Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic architecture. The stunning buildings…

  12. Museum of English Rural Life

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    Reading

    The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) is England’s most extensive museum dedicated to farming, food, craft, rural life and countryside issues.

  13. Milestones Museum

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    Basingstoke

    From cobbled streets to a seaside pier, teddy bears, vintage vehicles, an operating pub, sweet shop and more, there is so much for everyone to see, do and enjoy at Milestones, Hampshire’s museum of living history! 

  14. Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and Queen's Regiment Museum

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    Dover


    The collection traces the history of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment through four and a quarter centuries of service to the Crown.

  15. Belmont House and Gardens

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    Faversham

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris clock collection, mementos of connections with India. Gardens and pinetum.

  16. Kelmscott Manor

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    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  17. The Central Theatre

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    Theatre

    Chatham

    Located in the heart of Chatham town centre, this beautiful 965-seat venue is already home to a myriad of memories and it’s waiting for you to come along and make more unforgettable memories of your own.

  18. AirHop Guildford

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    Trampolining

    Guildford

    Welcome to AirHop Guildford - ultimate bouncing fun for kids and big kids. Walk through the doors into a bounce enthusiast’s paradise - whether you’re 7 or 57, you’re guaranteed to leave with a big smile on your face. Jump into happy with your local…

  19. Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Portsmouth

    Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth, featuring exciting and varied displays.