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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. Hastings Castle & 1066 Story

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    Castle / Fort

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Gunwharf Quays

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    Portsmouth

    One of the South Coast's most popular shopping destinations, Gunwharf Quays is filled with almost 100 designer stores and boutiques and is sure to offer something for every taste and budget.

  5. The Great Hall

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    Historic Site

    Winchester

    Great Hall and Sally Port are the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle, also home to King Arthur's Legendary Round Table

  6. Guildford Cathedral

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    Cathedral / Minister

    Guildford

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

  7. Bombay Sapphire

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    Distillery

    Whitchurch

    Located in rural Hampshire just 60 miles from London, Laverstoke Mill is a site steeped in natural beauty, sitting astride the crystal clear River Test and situated within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

  8. Hook Norton Brewery

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    Brewery

    Banbury

    The brewery tours run throughout the day with an experienced local guide, it finishes with a tutored beer tasting. The shop in the old malt house has unique gifts and merchandise, bar and function room. Admire the magnificent Shire Horses, Nelson,…

  9. Amberley Industrial Museum

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    Museum

    Arundel

    Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre open-air site dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the south east.

  10. Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

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    Museum

    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

  11. 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.

  12. Charleston

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    Historic House / Palace

    Lewes

    Charleston, the home of the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virgina Woolf), became the country meeting place for the group of writers, artists and intellectuals known as Bloomsbury.

  13. 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…

  14. Aldershot Military Museum

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    Museums & Galleries

    Aldershot

    Housed in the only surviving brick-built barrack blocks left in Aldershot, Aldershot Military Museum tells the story of daily life for both soldier and civilian in the town since 1854. 

  15. 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

  16. Bexhill Museum

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    Museum

    Bexhill-on-Sea

    It’s curious, it’s quirky, it’s packed to the rafters with diverse objects with a surprise in every cabinet and around every corner.

  17. Spa at The Runnymede on Thames

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    Spa

    Egham

    Immerse yourself in the luxurious award-winning spa at the runnymede-on-thames.

  18. 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.

  19. Guildhall Museum

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    Museum

    Rochester

    Discover the history of Medway from pre-historic times to the present day at the Guildhall Museum in Rochester.

  20. The True CRIME Museum

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    Museum

    Hastings

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

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