Rainy days at Anglesey Abbey

Whether it’s muddy puddles you’re after, or a mindful walk whilst listening to the patter of raindrops on the ground, there’s plenty to do on a rainy day here at Anglesey Abbey.

We want to celebrate all the great British weather has to offer and so we’ve put together a few ideas of how to spend a day in the rain. 

For the puddle jumpers and family-fun seekers

If it’s puddles you’re after, pop your wellies on and head down through the Winter Garden, Pinetum, or along the riverside path to find the best puddles. Can you make a big splash? What can you see in the reflection?

Anyone for some puddle jumping?
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Anyone for some puddle jumping?

If you head towards the mill, take shelter from the rain by going inside to see how we make flour using the water on the lode. Learn about the history and find out what it takes to be a miller by speaking to our friendly staff and volunteers. it Take it one step further and try turning the mill wheel to grind some flour by yourself!

Head down to Hoe Fen for a wild adventure! Don’t forget to bring your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list! There’s plenty that can be completed in the rain, some even require it! Here’s a few suggestions on things you can complete at Anglesey Abbey.

  • Make a mud pie
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Run around in the rain (Yes.. really!)
Don't let the rain put you off visiting
Children with umbrellas
Don't let the rain put you off visiting

You could even climb the treehouse to take shelter and look and listen for the rain falling down around you.

For the curious minds

The house is now open 362 days a year from 11am. Shelter from the rain and uncover the extensive collection created by the 1st Lord Fairhaven, Urban Huttleston Rodgers Broughton. With tours from 10.15am daily, you can even get ahead of the crowds.

Autumn House

Discover the House at Anglesey Abbey 

This Christmas immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Thanksgiving and Christmas in a country home. Discover the contrast between a classy Christmas full of vintage glamour, and halls decked with tacky tinsel, brightly coloured decorations and lights.

Learn how he developed Anglesey Abbey into the perfect Englishman’s country retreat and went on to fill it with items he would then bequest to the National Trust. Want to know more? Ask one of our conservation team how we look after the collection today.

Cosy up in the Second-Hand Bookshop to find your next read located next to the house.  

Grab a bargain in our second hand bookshop
Lady browsing in the Anglesey Abbey bookshop
Grab a bargain in our second hand bookshop

Fancy exploring further? The Watch Hut in Hoe Fen offers the perfect spot to sit and listen to the rain whilst taking in the calm of the natural habitat around you.

For the creatives

They say that rain can help produce some of the most fantastic photographs as it brings out the contrasting colours creating vibrant images.

Remember your camera
A lady taking a photo of a flower
Remember your camera

Whatever time of year, there’s always a fantastic photo opportunity within the gardens of Anglesey Abbey. From daffodils and tulips in the spring, roses and the Herbaceous Border in summer, to the rainbow of colour in the Dahlia garden during the early autumnal months. Why not share your photos with our community wall by emailing them to angleseyabbeywall@nationaltrust.org.uk?

Shower-dodgers welcome

Once you’ve got back to the visitor centre, or maybe as you wait for the rain to pass, warm up with one of our hot drinks and tasty cakes. We serve hot lunches between 11.30am and 2.30pm, with a soup of the day, one pot and hearty jacket potatoes.

Warm up with a hot bowl of fresh soup
Two bowls of homemade soup at a National Trust property
Warm up with a hot bowl of fresh soup

Want to take a hot drink with you as you embrace the rain delicately falling on your face? Ask for it in a takeaway cup, or you could even bring your own reusable cup.

Forgotten your waterproofs?

Don’t let the weather hold you back. We sell waterproof ponchos, umbrellas and hats in our shop.

What’s more is that every penny spent here at Anglesey Abbey goes back into keeping it for future generations to view and enjoy (in both rain and sun!).

Be ready for spring adventures in the fresh air
Outdoor accessories for hiking, picnics and camping, laid out on a wooden floor
Be ready for spring adventures in the fresh air

Good to know

Our electric mobility scooters do better in light drizzle, but begin to struggle in heavy rain. However, we have a six-seater golf buggy which can transport you to and from the house. It runs on demand, so if you'd like a lift, please just ask one of the team. 

Alternatively, if you need to book a wheelchair, then please phone 01223 810080. We have plenty of blankets to help keep you warm and dry.

If you'd like to borrow an umbrella, don't be afraid to ask! We've got a stock of them at both Visitor Welcome, and the house. 

We have brushes stationed at several points through the gardens and by the house to help you brush the mud off your feet after a rainy-day adventure.