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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.

Please check with the individual websites in terms of their covid-19 booking requirements and capacities and reminder to Plan before you Go and Lookout for 'Good to Go Charter Marks'.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Diving Museum

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    Museum

    Gosport

    The Diving Museum has the best collection of diving equipment on display in the world. The enthusiastic volunteer Museum Guides come from all sides of diving including the Navy, commercial diving, scientific and sport diving. Families and kids just…

  2. Royal Pavilion

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    Historic House / Palace

    Brighton

    The Royal Pavilion, the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV), transformed by John Nash between 1815 & 1823 into one of the most dazzling & exotic buildings in the British Isles.

  3. 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.

  4. Windsor Leisure Centre

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Windsor

    Situated on Stovell Road, Windsor, with the famous Windsor Castle nearby, we are a multi-purpose leisure centre offering fantastic health and fitness facilities.

  5. National Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Greenwich, London

    The world’s largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and adventure at sea. Critically acclaimed temporary exhibitions (ticketed). General admission free.

  6. West End Centre, Aldershot

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    Theatre

    Aldershot

    Aldershot's West End Centre is a friendly, intimate venue that hosts classes, workshops, art exhibitions, music performances and stand-up comedy, and also has an on-site, small scale theatre.

  7. Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

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    Museum

    Portsmouth

    Visit the first home of Britain's most famous Victorian author.

  8. Belmont House and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.

  9. Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

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    Museum

    Basingstoke

    Discover Basingstoke and Deane’s past, from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our feet right up to the modern day.

  10. 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.

  11. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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    Museum

    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.

  12. Kings Theatre

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    Theatre

    Southsea

    The dignified and beautiful Kings Theatre is one of the most elegant Edwardian playhouses to be found in the British Isles the perfect setting to enjoy a full programme of shows including musicals, ballet, opera, dance, drama, music, comedy and film

  13. River & Rowing Museum

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    Museum

    Henley-on-Thames

    Inspiring, entertaining and interactive...we're so much more than a Museum!

  14. Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

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    Theme Park

    Hollingbury Industrial Estate, Brighton

    Take a step back to the 1870s to help Phileas Fogg on a thrilling immersive theatrical adventure around the world. You’ll need your wits and courage to complete a truly daring quest full of challenges and puzzle across 5 continents.

  15. Congress Theatre

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    Conference / Exhibition Centre

    Eastbourne

    The Congress Theatre is Grade II* listed. Purpose built, the theatre and conference venue has a seating capacity of 1655, and is one of the largest theatres on the south coast.

  16. Curtis Museum

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    Museum

    Alton

    One of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of history Displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams and…

  17. Booth Museum of Natural History

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    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

  18. 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.

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