Things to do in Yorkshire when it’s raining

There are lots of great things to do in Yorkshire when it’s raining. We’re no strangers to wet weather here in North Yorkshire, and if you don’t fancy putting on the wellies and heading out into the countryside, there are loads of fun things to keep you entertained while it’s chucking it down.

Take a look at some of our favourite things to do in Yorkshire when it’s raining.

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York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story is a brilliant way to spend a drizzly afternoon in York. You’ll learn all about the history of chocolate in the city, find out more about the chocolate making process, and get to try your hand at being a chocolatier. Of course, you get to taste lots of delicious chocolatey treats too.

Visit York’s Chocolate Story’s website

National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is a family favourite and it doesn’t cost a penny. Hide from the rain and learn all about iconic locomotives. Discover unexpected objects and uncover centuries of railway history.

Check out the National Railway Museum’s website

White scar cave

White scar cave is the longest show cave in Britain. You can escape the elements by heading into the Earth. Take a look at the waterfalls, stalagmites and stalactites that hide under the ground. Be aware the cave does shut in extreme weather.

Take a look at the cave’s website

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Jorvik Viking centre

Step back in time with a visit to the recently renovated Jorvik Viking Centre in York. Take a look at all the incredible artefacts of our past and learn all about the Viking settlement in York. The centre brings the sights, sounds and even smells of Viking life into the 21st century.

Plan your Jorvik visit

The Deep

The Deep is one of the UK’s largest aquariums and is a fantastic day out for all the family. Learn all about ocean life, meet penguins and sharks, and walk underneath the water in through their amazing underwater viewing tunnel.

Find out more about The Deep

The Wensleydale Creamery

Learn all about Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery. Visit the experience and learn how the delicious cheese is made. There are hands-on games and activities and you’ll even get to see the cheese-makers in action. Of course, you’ll be able to try their delicious flavours too.

Find out more about the Creamery

Wensleydale Creamery tasting room

Ripley Castle

Take a tour around one of Yorkshire’s great castles. Learn about its history over the last 700 years on either the adult or child friendly tour. With 6 rooms to explore and a delicious spot for some afternoon tea, this is a perfect place to visit when it’s raining.

Take a look at the Ripley Castle website

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Take a trip on an amazing steam railway and experience the Yorkshire Dales with the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. You’ll have an incredible journey and will support the volunteer-run heritage railway.

Find your train

Test your skills in an escape room

Escape rooms are great fun for everyone! We’ve got some really exciting rooms that you can challenge yourselves to all over North Yorkshire. There’s lots to choose from too, but here are a few ideas to get you started: Can You Escape and Gr8escape in York, Eskape in Whitby, the Escape Room Scarborough, the Escapologist in Selby, Clue HQ in Harrogate and Kanyu Escape in Wetherby.

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Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Listen to talks and see the amazing creatures at the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary. You can go along to feeding time and learn all about the wonders that live in the sea and around our coastline.

Discover more about the Sanctuary

Nunnington Hall

Wander around the stunning Nunnington Hall and discover the baby house, Oak Hall and drawing room. They have a remarkable Carlisle collection of miniature rooms full of musical instruments, furniture and accessories for you to enjoy too.

Plan your Nunnington Hall trip

We hope you’ve found some exciting things to do in Yorkshire when it’s raining in our recommendations. This isn’t an exhaustive list, there’s plenty more indoor fun to be had, so if you think we’ve missed off something really amazing, get in touch.