Rainy Days

Come rain or shine we have something for you...

British weather can be unreliable, but visitors to Shakespeare’s England will not be short of things to do on a rainy day. With a wealth of museums, art galleries, theatres, historic houses and unique shopping on offer, you will not notice whether the sun is shining or not!

There are a wide variety of places to visit in the dry including the fabulous Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon with its tropical dome and beautiful butterfly’s or head over to Warwick Castle and head underground to the dungeon or explore the tower. Why not head to Tudor World in Stratford-upon-Avon and keep the kids entertained on a rainy day.

You always take a boat trip with Bancroft Cruisers in a covered and heated boat and enjoy a cream tea on route!

Or just bring your your umbrella and if it rains find shelter in some of the welcoming cafés, bar and restaurants in Royal Leamington Spa or cheer up your rainy day with afternoon tea at Hathaway Tea Rooms. For a selection of the best places to escape the rain and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat see Food and Drink.

Don't let the weather stop you!

Forget the weather and immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare! Stratford-upon-Avon, home to the greatest playwright of our time, William Shakespeare and is also home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the internationally renowned theatre company. 
Learn more about the history of the theatre by taking a Theatre tour. Discover the public and private areas of the theatre. Learn about the origins of the RSC and its theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon and explore a production in more depth to learn about the theatre making process. Alternatively take in one of the many ever changing exhibitions ranging from costume design to set design to family focused interactive exhibitions.

Motor enthusiasts can head towards the British Motor Museum in Gaydon is home to the world's largest collection of historic British cars, and is great fun for all the family. The museum houses informative and interactive exhibitions charting the history of British motoring from the 1890s to present day.

Compton Verney, Warwickshire award winning art gallery is the perfect place to escape the rain and while away the hours taking in the latest exhibitions.

Why not discover the hidden jewel in the crown of Warwick's historic buildings, the Lord Leycester Hospital, which is not now, and has never been a medical establishment. The Hospital is an historic group of timber-framed buildings dating mainly from the late 14th Century clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master's Garden.

Resorts World Birmingham is the home of outlet shopping in the West Midlands and is perfect for a trip when the weather isn't so great.

Situated just outside Birmingham it boasts retail shopping outlets with up to 70% off at many stores. It also has plenty of bars, hotel, cinema, casino and an array of dining options to suit every taste.


We have plenty of indoor attractions

In the morning

Step into an eccentric world of moving art at the MAD Museum is a wonderful place to experience and interact with an extraordinary assortment of both modern and old fashioned, yet highly innovative, machines.

The MAD Museum (Mechanical Art & Design) holds an exciting assortment of weird and wonderful Kinetic Art, Automata and Steampunk and is the ideal spot to be enthralled and entertained on a rainy day.

It's perfect for the whole family, not only does it provide loads of interactive fun, it will interest those who are fascinated by physics, design and clever intricate moving contraptions.

After visiting the MAD museum come and see what Stratford-upon-Avon is famous for regardless of the weather a trip to Shakespeare’s England would not be complete without a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace or one of the other 4 historic houses in the area, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens, Nash’s House and New Place, Mary Arden’s Farm and Hall’s Croft.

In the afternoon 

A trip to the Butterfly Farm in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect place for everyone to visit on a rainy day.

Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world's most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying all around indoors. You can see them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment. See their amazing lifecycles in the Caterpillar Room. Observe the fascinating and strange in Insect City, where Stick Insects, Beetles, Leaf-cutting ants and many more remarkable creatures are to be found.

For the bolder, get close to the deadly and dangerous in perfect safety in Arachnoland; home of the worlds largest spider, a scorpion colony and other spinners of webs and dealers of death. 

The Butterfly Farm is the UK's largest tropical butterfly paradise, come rain or shine discover many of the world's most beautiful butterflies in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools.

Drive over to Warwick and visit a hidden jewel in the crown of Warwick historic buildings, the Lord Leycester Hospital, which is not now, and has never been a medical establishment. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense meaning "a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm or aged".

After your visit to Warwick why not take in the shopping at Royal Leamington Spa – or take journey to Bicester Village – where you can experience lavish shopping and world class service where spacious boutiques showcase the very best in high end fashion and the world’s leading lifestyle brands.