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Whilst sunshine and clear skies tend to be the preferred weather for a British holiday, the reality is often grey clouds and rainy days. But this doesn’t mean your holiday is ruined: the UK boasts plenty of great wet weather activities! 

The temperamental British weather often dictates how we enjoy our time away, and more often than not we’re left trying to plan things to do when it starts to rain. Fortunately, the UK is well prepared for this all too common occurrence with a whole host of fun things to do when the weather gets a little wetter and any hopes of visiting the beach, or taking a leisurely walk outdoors are dashed. These are our favourites.

1. Explore the UK’s museums

The UK boasts more museums than you can shake a stick at, and many of them are free. Whether you want to be amazed by science, enthralled by beautiful works of art or educated on history, the UK has got you covered.

Interior of the Natural History Museum in London, England
The Natural History Museum, London

2. Go to chocolate world

If you love chocolate (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t) then a trip to Cadbury World may be just the ticket. Discover the history behind the UK’s favourite chocolate manufacturer at this chocoholic’s paradise.

Entrance to Cadbury World Birmingham

3. Head to the theatre

Indulge in a theatrical production while the rain falls outside: London’s theatres are the best known, but there’s plenty to discover across the country. Catch a matinée for the perfect rainy afternoon escape – check out what the British theatre scene has to offer here.

Interior of the Royal Ballroom in Blackpool

4. Go to Hogwarts

Ever wanted to visit Hogwarts? Take a tour of the Warner Bros Studio where the films were made and you could do just that. Step inside the Great Hall, wander down Diagon Alley and enjoy a refreshing Butterbeer.

Diagon Alley at Harry Potter Studios Warner Bros London

5. Celebrate Shakespeare

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is the place to be with a jam packed programme this summer. Explore his family houses, take in a rendition of one of Shakespeare’s famous works or visit Shakespeare’s schoolroom, open to the public for the first time this year.

Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon

6. Take a bath

Step back in time with a tour of the stunning ancient Roman Baths of Bath – check out the interactive museum before heading to the Pump Room to sample the spa water, which is believed to have healing powers. Alternatively, relax in one of the city’s thermal spas or visit one of the UK’s Turkish baths for a totally unique experience.

The Roman Bath complex in Bath England

7. Experience the Eden Project

An oasis of tropical beauty, this is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Two huge biomes house two different environments – one a rainforest, the other Mediterranean. A number of activities are available alongside a walk through flora and fauna which wouldn’t usually be found in the UK – the majority of the site is indoors, meaning this is the perfect choice for when the rain begins to pour.

Exterior of The Eden Project in Cornwall

What are your favourite rainy day activities?

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