Where to Escape the Rain in the UK

It’s on everyone’s minds this summer… Where does one spend time in this utterly dire weather? How can you turn rain and eternal greyness into a positive experience? Fortunately for us, there are plenty of exciting indoor destinations throughout the UK where you can while away the hours blissfully forgetting the misery that prevails outdoors.

So don’t let the rain dampen your holiday spirit. Go on that long-awaited holiday and discover Britain’s museums, galleries, restaurants, spas, steam railways and other indoor attractions.

Museums and Galleries

See the good in bad weather by using it as a reason to learn something. So many of us put off going to museums always saying we’ll find the time to go in the future but somehow never do. When was the last time you visited a local gallery or museum?

Kids and adults alike will love most of Britain’s science and natural history museums. Some of the best are the Science Museum in London, Glasgow Science Centre, and Thinktank Birmingham.

Art lovers will appreciate the newly renovated Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Leeds Art Gallery for its impressive collection of 20th century British works, and the contemporary Tate Liverpool.


Spas and health farms can be found both in the heart of the countryside and cities. Whether you drop in for a spontaneous hour-long treatment or book yourself in for a weekend of pampering, the relaxing experience will make it easy to switch off, and forget about the rain and any worries.

On particularly chilly days hot treatments are one of the best ways to warm up. Look into different body wraps and hot stone massages.

Other Attractions

Use the weather as a reason to do something you’ve always wanted to do. How about taking a ride on a steam train? There are plenty in areas such as The Cotswolds and The Lake District. Check out the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in Cumbria, and Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Or how about some winter sports in the middle of the summer? The UK is home to numerous indoor ski and snowboard slopes such as The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, London, and Xscape centres in Leeds, Glasgow and Milton Keynes.

Food and Drinks

Nothing can warm you up quite the same as a hearty British meal and cheeky drink. With so many cafes, gastropubs and restaurants scattered throughout the country, even the most picky of gourmets will find something to tickle their tastebuds.

For Michelin-starred cuisine a good spot is Edinburgh’s aptly-named Michelin mile in the picturesque Shore area.

For country style cooking and pub meals, look for a hotel in the Cotswolds or Cornwall. The classic British inns (hotels with restaurants) often boast top class chefs who muster up mouthwatering meals from local produce.

If you’re a fan of ethnic foods, Manchester’s Curry mile and Birmingham’s Balti triangle are good bets for some of the UK’s best curries and other concoctions.

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