Things to do on a rainy day

Things to do on a rainy day in Northern Ireland

There's a reason Ireland is beautifully green. Our island shores see their fair share of rain but don't let our famous wet weather keep you at home. Embark on an adventure that makes the best of both worlds with our list of great things to see and do. Pull on your raincoat, pack an umbrella and stash the wellies for adventures indoors and out, whatever the weather.

" 'There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing' "
- Alfred Wainwright

This list of things to see and do on rainy days in Northern Ireland is designed for kids big and small:

This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see where is open and where you may need to book, as well as the most up to date information about visiting.

The Drawing Room at The Argory, County Armagh

Go on a house tour

Step out of the rain and back in time with a visit to our magnificent mansions and historic houses. Castle Ward in County Down and The Argory in County Armagh have both reopened their doors for free-flow tours. Transport yourself to a different world as you stroll though their opulent rooms and uncover the heritage on your doorstep.

A view from the Summer House at Florence Court

Enjoy tea and a treat

Enjoy a tea, coffee or hot chocolate in a special place as the rain drops fall. Enjoy a warming brew in nature. With a selection of carry away choices from our cafes, tearooms and horse boxes, sip yours in sheltered locations and toast our wonderful weather with a wonderful view. Takeway treats are available at a number of our places to visit in Northern Ireland including Mount Stewart, Florence Court, Crom, Castle Coole, Castle Ward, The Argory, Rowallane Garden and the Giant's Causeway. Please visit the property webpage for details and opening times.

Boy splashing in puddles wearing wellies

Have a puddle splashing competition

Raincoat, tick! Umbrella, tick! Wellies, tick! When the heavens open there’s nothing more fun than pulling on your waterproofs and wellies and splashing around in the puddles. This one’s not just for children either; everyone can enjoy soaking up all the watery fun. And afterwards, why not treat yourself to a warming hot chocolate in one of our tearooms.

Rainbow at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Chase rainbows

Rain gives us rainbows, so a day of sunshine and showers is the perfect time to go rainbow spotting. Visit picture perfect places and capture your colourful rainbows on camera. Discover how a spectacular backdrop helps your rainbow pop.

Make a mud pie

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It’s rainy season so mud pies are on the menu! All you need is mud, a mixing stick, some water and your own imagination. Make it as messy as you like, but as nice as you make it look, it still won't be good to eat. Just make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any wiggly worms that might have made it into the mixture as they won't be very pleased about being made into a pie.