Boy splashing in a puddle at Carn Euny

Things To Do on a Rainy Day

Whatever the weather this season, we have plenty of historic places to hide, play and enjoy the elements.

Our rain-proof places

 Place(s) To Visit

Tea and Cake Weather

If the weather won't play ball, you can retreat to one of our many cosy cafés. Relax in the magnificent surroundings of Kenilworth Castle's timber-framed stables tearoom, or enjoy the views from the spacious cafés of Wrest Park or Audley End House and Gardens, both in the East of England.

We've got 18 other tea rooms around the country.

Our Favourite Tea Rooms

Some of our favourite rainy days out

Discover a Defining Moment

Battle Abbey was built near the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. With a fun-packed indoor Discovery Centre, children can learn all about the battle and life in England over 950 years ago. There's a new exhibition in the gatehouse about the history of the abbey itself, and you can climb to the roof to get views of the battlefield - worth taking a brollie for!

Visit Battle Abbey

Get Hands-On at Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle's prime location atop a Derbyshire hillside offers stunning views across the Peak District, but don't fret if the weather doesn't play ball. Explore the Little Castle and Riding House with hands-on exhibitions and a family-friendly multimedia guide. There's a tea room too.

Visit Bolsover Castle

Explore the Home of Charles Darwin

Down House offers weather-proof fun for all the family. Step inside the house and discover the very rooms in which Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution. With a family trail, costumes to try on, a multimedia guide with Sir David Attenborough and hands-on interactive exhibits, there's enough to keep the kids occupied on even the dreariest days.

There's also an undercover hothouse with a great collection of carniverous plants, and an all-important tea room.

Visit Down House

See the original Wellington Boots

See how your wellies match up to those of the Duke of Wellington himself at Walmer Castle. Home to the Duke for 23 years, his spirit lives on in the castle with a pair of his original 'Wellington boots' on display. There are plenty of reminders of Walmer's history as an artillery fort, too. A multimedia guide will help uncover the castle's stories, and the tearoom will help keep everyone refreshed!

Visit Walmer Castle

Rain or Shine Stonehenge

The state of the art visitor centre at Stonehenge includes an exhibition of artefacts brought together for the first time, and interactive displays to learn about the history of this wonder of the prehistoric world. Don't miss the virtual 360-degree experience, letting you 'stand in the stones' as you are transported back in time.

Buses can take you from the centre up to the stones themselves, so you can stay dry for as long as possible.

Visit Stonehenge

Family Days Out

Discover more great places to visit across the country with the kids this season, from mighty Norman castles to atmospheric abbeys.

  • A family walk through the ruins of Beeston Castle

    Days Out For Under £20

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  • A small child with a puppy at one of our historic places

    Days Out with Dogs

    Enjoy a great day out with your dog at an English Heritage property. There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for your furry friend.

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