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Things to Do in the Rain in Devon

Although Devon is lucky enough to have a slightly warmer climate than other parts of the UK, we still get our fair share of April showers and autumn gales (that’s why it’s so lush and green down here!) We still, however, have plenty to keep everyone happy while we wait for the sun to pop back out again. The play in Devon never stops, so don’t let any bad weather ruin your day. There are plenty of things to do in the rain in Devon that are indoor or mostly undercover. So, no matter the weather, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in Devon.


If you are looking for things to do in the rain in Devon, there are endless indoor attractions to choose from. From educational activities to simply a fun day out, there is one that will keep the whole family entertained.

Head underground and find out about our Stone Age ancestors, Sabre toothed tigers, and what it was like to live 10,000 years ago at the fascinating Kents Cavern. Or take a walk through time, in miniature form, at the famous Babbacombe Model Village. Visit Bygones and immerse yourself in the sights and smells of Victorian life along the recreated period street. Head to Dinosaur World and learn from the facts, models, and interactive displays. And did you know that Plymouth boasts the UK’s largest aquarium? It is one of those places you could visit again and again, and with tickets being valid for twelve months from your first visit, you can do just this! Learn about life underwater from all over the world: touch different sea life and see many species in the enormous tanks.


A trip to the cinema is the perfect indoor activity. Morning, afternoon, or evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Vue cinemas in Plymouth or Paignton shows the latest movies at their box offices. Or head to Totnes Cinema in Totnes, Kings Cinema in Kingsbridge, or the Flavel Centre in Dartmouth for more alternative options. Check out their websites to see what is showing.

Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing is the perfect thing to do in the rain in Devon. Engage in a fun and challenging activity ideal for all ages and abilities. Check out Clip ‘N Climb, Plymouth, The Quayside Climbing Centre, Exeter, or the Dyno Climbing Centre, Buckfastleigh. Whether you are a seasoned climber or wanting to try something new, this is a great rainy-day option.

Pottery and Crafts

Devon is a hub of creativity and is bursting with arty opportunities for all ages and abilities. From painting your own ceramics at China Blue in Totnes and ClayArt in Plymouth, there’s an activity that everyone can enjoy. If you would prefer a more structured class, join a class at Harbour House in Kingsbridge, or for a private pottery workshop, head to Olive Pots in Dartmouth.

Stay In!

Enjoy a relaxing day with your loved ones in the house. All our properties offer the ideal space for a chill day indoors. It is the perfect thing to do in the rain in Devon. Bake something delicious in our fully equipped kitchens, play some games, or watch some TV. If you want something to keep the kids entertained, why not buy the Devon Colouring Book for Kids supported by Devon Air Ambulance.

Steam Trains

Take a trip through the dramatic Devon scenery on of our stream trains. There are several lines across the county, including South Devon Railway and Dartmouth Steam Railway. The Dartmouth Steam Railway journeys between Kingswear and Paignton. Enjoy views of the River Dart, the coastline, and the Devon countryside. The South Devon Railway runs along the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. This train ride can take you to other attractions in South Devon including the Otter Sanctuary. Watch the countryside glide by as the rain falls on the windows.

Theme Parks

When it comes to things to do in the rain in Devon, our theme parks have got you covered. There are large indoor play areas at the many theme parks across the county. Check out Woodlands, near Dartmouth, and Crealy in Exeter.

Woodlands is the largest theme park in Devon. It is packed with fun for the whole family. It holds the largest indoor play areas in the South West. There is endless fun on offer, no matter the weather. Crealy offers an action-packed day even in the rain. Check out the Adventure Zone, the Lost World of Atlantis, and the Blue Lagoon. There is a play space no matter your age.

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