Schools out for summer but the rain clouds are coming in? Don’t let bad weather dampen your trip to Plymouth, with a wide variety of indoor attractions and activities, you can still have lots of fun without the sun! Check out our top picks for things to do on a rainy day with the family:

The National Marine Aquarium

Dive into the underwater world of The National Marine Aquarium! Split into 4 zones, start your journey exploring the marine life of Plymouth Sound and finish at the depths of the Great Barrier Reef. As the UK’s largest aquarium, its packed with plenty of ocean fun for everyone!

The Box

Dry-off and discover Plymouth’s past at The Box, home to the woolly mammoth and lots of exciting artefacts. Explore the history of Britain’s Ocean city through interactive exhibits and free children’s activity booklets to get the kids engaged with the treasures on display!

Paradise Island Adventure Golf

Swap your brolly for a golf club and enjoy a round of crazy golf with the family at Paradise Island Adventure Golf. You’ll forget about the rain as you venture through this jungle putting venue and with two courses there are plenty of opportunities to score a hole-in-one!

Clay Art

Let your creativity run wild at Clay Art, a cosy pottery painting studio on The Barbican. There are lots of exciting pieces to choose from, why not paint a keepsake with the family as a souvenir of your trip?

The Mayflower Museum

Shelter from the weather and discover the history of the Pilgrims at The Mayflower Museum. Set across 3 floors, the museum tells the story of the Pilgrims and their treacherous journey from Plymouth’s Barbican to America. From sorting out your suitcase to guessing the smells of the 1620’s there are lots of activities to get the kids hands-on with history.

Clip n' Climb

Escape the rain and unleash your inner adventurer as you switch your raincoat for a harness and tackle the UK’s largest climbing arena! At Clip n' Climb, the experience is suitable for mixed ages and abilities and all under cover making it a perfect activity to do with the family on a rainy day.

Cineworld and Vue Cinema

Grab your popcorn and get comfy with a family film on the big screen. There are two cinema’s in Plymouth, Cineworld at The Barcode or Vue at Barbican Lesisure Centre showing a variety of family entertainment – a brilliant distraction from the bad weather!


Get your blood pumping at the bouncy, indoor urban activity park Adrenalin. Complete with trampolines, inflatables, climbing walls and obstacle courses there is plenty of fun to be had with the whole family at this action-packed attraction!

Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.

Travelling from London takes around 3 hours with Great Western Railway, if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes. 

Alternatively, the recently renovated Night Riviera Sleeper service runs Monday – Friday and Sunday evenings. Visit for more details on times and how to book.

We recommend using to search for the fastest and best route for your journey, and book in advance for the best price. 



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