Although the South West generally has one of the warmer climates in the UK, we still get our fair share of showers that create the lush green landscape its’s famous for. Fortunately, there are some great places to visit on a rainy summer day or winter break. So, if you’re ever wondering what to do in Devon in the rain, don’t let it stop your play! Try out these awesome all-weather attractions, and before you know it, the sun will have its hat on.
Stately Home Visits
Feel like a Bridgerton for the day and roam around Devon’s gorgeous stately homes. We are blessed to have a wide range of breath-taking national trust piles and privately owned manors and castles open to the public. One of our favourites is Powderham Castle, set in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, over 600 years of history and heritage can be discovered within the walls of this gorgeous home. Whether you want to join on a guided tour or book an open house session to explore at your own pace, there are options for everyone. You can even bring along your four-legged friend to this pet friendly abode.
Crealy is the South West’s number one family day out. It’s based just on the outskirts of Exeter, and hosts brilliant indoor fun for wet weather days. It’s also home to over 200 cute, cuddly farm and zoo animals, meaning there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
This fantastic Ocean Conservation Charity is dedicated to educating and connecting people with our precious ocean. You’ll be taken on a journey around the world’s ocean, watching and learning about marine life, from Plymouth Sound to the Great Barrier Reef. As well as watching the awesome marine life, you can ask questions and listen to the ocean discovery rangers talk about the fascinating Blue Planet and learn about their conservation and research projects.
Based in Sidmouth’s creative courtyard, ‘Libra Court’, this lovely pottery painting studio can be enjoyed by all ages. Choose from an array of items from teapots to tiles and create your very own memory to take home with you. If you’d rather paint from your own space, you can order a paint at home kit which includes everything you need to create your own masterpiece.
Exeter Cathedral and Royal Albert Memorial Museum
A short drive in to the city will lead you to Exeter’s vibrant shops and restaurants. You’ll also find the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, for a small admission charge, you can roam around the nooks and cranny’s that host 900 years of stories and history. The RAM museum and art gallery is just around the corner and is free to visit, there are countless rooms full of stories and collections from prehistoric Devon to Egyptian tombs.
Originally opened as a theatre in 1928, this quaint Sidmouth cinema boasts a gorgeous single screen auditorium seating 270. With an in-house licenced bar, take your tea, wine or popcorn inside and watch your chosen film on the big screen.
Located at the top of Church Street, Sidmouth Museum has interesting new displays for the whole family, enjoy local history, interactive displays and guided walks. Plus an educational quiz for the kids!
A perfect idea whatever the weather, step inside Sidmouth’s gorgeous Hotel Riviera and you’ll soon be feeling like a royal. This picturesque regency hotel offers the most amazing afternoon tea, just sit back, relax and indulge in scrumptious cakes, scones and sandwiches.
Share the excitement of discoveries made by local fossil hunters and geologists as they uncovered the stories of life on Earth. This interactive space is perfect for the whole family, you’ll be taken on a journey 200 million years back in time and leave with answers to some of the Earth’s biggest questions!
Hop in the sea
If you’re already wet, you may as well soak it up! Pop the wetsuits on if your feeling chilly and jump in for a surf, SUP or swim. Let the sea salt set you free and feel the tremendous benefits of salt water therapy. Be sure to grab a toasty hot chocolate after to warm up those paws!
If you’re thinking of booking a holiday in Devon, you’re bound for a treat come rain or shine. There are endless things to do in Devon in the rain for all the family. But sometimes, you may just fancy tucking up inside with a cuppa and a book whilst making the most of your beautiful home from home. Our properties give you the opportunity to do just that, situated along the East Devon coast and country from Exmouth to Beer, you can choose to get out and explore or rest and recuperate in your own comfortable space.
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