Days out for a rainy day

Stuck for something to do on a rainy day? In the South West there's lots of places to play and ways to have fun, even if the sun isn't shining.

Fireplace at Kingston Lacy, Dorset.

Go Beyond the Portrait at Kingston Lacy 

There is so much to see at Kingston Lacy whatever the weather. The house at Kingston Lacy in Dorset is a treasure trove of art work and the exotic, all courtesy of the Bankes family and their colourful past. You are invited to go 'Beyond the Portrait' to find out more about the stories of four women who have been instrumental in shaping Kingston Lacy across 400 years of the estate’s history.

The Drawing Room at A La Ronde, Devon

A la Ronde: the 16 sided house 

A la Ronde is a quirky and unique fascinating sixteen sided house, full of creative treasures from around the world. The hexadecagonal building was the work of Jane and Mary Parminter in 1796. A wonder to behold.

Things to do on a rainy day in Northern Ireland

Rainy day fun at Buckland

There's so much to do even on a rainy day at Buckland. From craft workshops to dressing up as a Tudor, come along and discover a great day out at the Abbey.

Drawing Room store at Tyntesfield during FAR

Tyntesfield house 

Peek behind-the-scenes as we undertake a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in Tyntesfield house, home to four generations of the Gibbs family from 1844 to 2001.

The Whitelady Waterfall flowing into a pool below

Rainy day excitement at the gorge

Don't be put off by the rain, a hike around the gorge is always an adventure. Heavy rain can turn the Whitelady Waterfall into a raging torrent and make the Devils's Cauldron roar. Please check the website before travelling in case of flooding, and bring sturdy footwear as it can get slippery.

A black and white image of the north bedroom

Rainy days at Tintagel Old Post Office

On those wet weather days, the thick walls and wavy roof of Tintagel Old Post Office keep the elements at bay. The low light adds to the atmosphere of this ancient abode making for a holiday snap with a difference. With a history trail that tells of a story spanning six centuries and traditional crafts to try your hand at, there's plenty to do, whatever the weather. Brollies can be found at back door, where the cottage garden is always full of colour and awaits those undeterred by the drizzle.

Children splashing in the rain

Rainy day fun at Cotehele

We can’t guarantee the sunshine at Cotehele but we can provide a fun-time whatever the weather.

Antony library

Spend some time at Antony; a still lived-in family home 

If the weather takes a turn then take shelter in the home of the Carew Pole family. They've lived on this site for over six hundred years so there's no rush.

father and soon exploring inside the house at Knightshayes, Devon.

One-off wonders in the house

This eccentric and unique Victorian gothic revival house is well worth an explore- peruse the quirky ceilings and intricate carvings and find out the stories behind the Heathcoat Amory family who lived there.

Rain drops on a rose at Trerice

Rainy days at Trerice

Here’s what you can do on a wet and windy day just outside Newquay.

Dodging the rain at Dyrham Park

Family fun in the rain at Dyrham Park

There’s plenty to do whatever the weather at Dyrham Park this summer to keep families entertained.

A visitor with an umbrella at Greenway

Rainy days at Greenway

Don't let the rain stop play

The Drawing room at Castle Drogo with sofas in the middle of the room.

A castle redisplayed

The castle has been redisplayed and the stories in the castle focus on the Drewe family and the building work from 1910-1930.

A family enjoying the rain

Rainy day fun in North Devon

There's so much to explore in North Devon, rain or shine. We've got some great family activities that you can enjoy even when the skies are cloudy.