Rainy Day Ideas in Hertfordshire

It’s raining, it’s pouring, but there’s certainly no need to stay at home ‘snoring’ until the dismal weather passes!

Hertfordshire has a wide variety of attractions suitable for all weathers, and they are bound to bring a ray of sunshine to an otherwise miserable day. So, throw off your waterproofs and put down that brolly, there’s plenty to do indoors until the sun decides to show its face again…

St Albans Cathedral

Home to the Shrine of St Alban and the longest nave in England, St Albans Cathedral is packed with fascinating artefacts and features, and the cathedral’s expert guides can fill you in on its rich and varied history. Entry is free and the cathedral team run free guided tours every day so it's perfect for any day beyond rainy days too! 

The Bricklayers Arms

While we know this isn't our cosy pubs feature (you can check out that here), we couldn't not put The Bricklayers Arms on this list, because what's better than a delicious home cooked meal in the middle of the wintery Herts countryside? How could we also not mention that it was the Hertfordshire Pub of the Year in 2020...

Perch and Co

We've got a penchant for small, friendly cafes and sitting between Watford and Rickmansworth in Croxley Green is one of our favourites, Perch & Co. While away the days watching the world go by tasting fresh food, cakes, coffees and more which are the staple of this British, Mediterranean and Persian influenced cafe. If you're just popping by, be sure to check out their world goods that line one of their walls. 

The Snow Centre

What's cooler than rain? Ice! And in more ways than one... Hosting a range of skiing and snowboarding lessons for adults and children from three years old, lift passes, freestyle sessions and the ultimate sledging experience there's something for everyone to have a great day out at the Snow Centre

Natural History Museum, Tring

That’s right – you can visit the Natural History Museum right here in Hertfordshire! Discover animal specimens from all over the world with a visit to this beautiful museum, home to the incredible collection of Walter Rothschild. With many family fun events and inspiring exhibitions it can be a full afternoons' adventure if you want to make it. 

Frogmore Papermill

Visit the world’s oldest mechanised paper mill, and the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution. Not only can you explore this impressive building, learning all about the fascinating history of paper-making, Frogmore is also home to a beautiful art gallery that's well worth a visit. A true Herts hidden gem.

Broadway Studio & Gallery

Let your imagination and creative side run wild with a visit to Broadway Studio and Gallery in Letchworth Garden City. Find wonderful works from both local and internationally acclaimed artists, all within this beautiful building. Why not even join in with one of Broadway's brilliant art classes, or one of their many family fun events? If you want to make a full day, head around the corner to Broadway Cinema and catch the latest blockbusters that we've so missed recently.

Stevenage Museum

On a wooded hill in North Hertfordshire, a small community gathered in Saxon times and began to settle the land on which Stevenage now stands. Take a step back in time and discover the fascinating history of this special Hertfordshire town at the Stevenage Musuem, with exhbitions such as 'New town, new home' and more. 

The Galleria

With over 80 shops and 15 places to eat under one (warm and dry) roof, The Galleria in Hatfield has a great selection of great brands at outlet store prices, and fantastic dining. With the centre’s brilliant on-site jungle themed adventure area Get Wild, children will be entertained for hours… giving you more time to shop until you drop! 

Watford Colosseum & Watford Palace

If you’re looking for great evening entertainment, look no further than the Watford Colosseum and Watford Palace Theatre, both of which host outstanding concerts, theatre productions, and talks throughout the year. The perfect way to spend a rainy evening.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London

Wands at the ready! Lose yourself in the wizarding world of Harry Potter with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. This unique attraction (just 20mins from central London) invites visitors behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film series so that fans old and new can experience the magic first hand.

Tring Brewery

Indulge in a tour of Hertfordshire's very own brewery and let the dynamic team at Tring guide you through their history, their uniquely names beers and how they make them. You'll even get to try a tipple or two, and don't forget to stock up in the brewery shop before you head home!