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Rainy Day Ideas in Hertfordshire

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Holly Loftus
9th March 2022

When the sky is looking grey and you're afraid the weather may ruin your day, Hertfordshire attractions will save the day, so there's no need for you to feel blue!

With a wide variety of attractions suitable for all weathers, they're 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

Keeping you dry and cosy on wet day is St Albans Cathedral, welcoming you along to one of their free guided tour. Experience the incredible architecture in all its glory, along with a stunning collection of medieval wall paintings and an 11th century crossing tower. 

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 staying warm inside with a delicious pub lunch in the middle of the 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 perfect for children as well as adults.

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.

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 Museum, with exhibitions 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! 

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!

Hollywood Bowls

Don't we all love a bit of bowling?! When the competitive individuals come out of their shells and the challenge begins on who can get the first STRIKE! There's no doubt in saying bowling is a family favourite and makes the perfect social activity, so forget about the boring weather and look in to throwing your first bowl at Hollywood Bowl, Stevenage.

Escape Hunt

The adventure starts at Watford Escape Hunt! Choose your team wisely as you work together to master the ultimate escape room. You and your trusted teammates will immerse yourself into a world of the unknown, as you come face-to-face with challenges and puzzles that need to be solved in order to escape! From Alice in Puzzleland to Jungle Quest, there's sure to be a game where you can outsmart the rest.


It may be a miserable day outside, but we're hoping you'll make the most of your day off or weekend. So, put your hoods and umbrellas up and race to the car or bus, it's time to do some pottery painting at Potstop, Knebworth. Whether your looking to keep your little ones busy or you quite enjoy exploring your creative side yourself, head to Potstop and paint your own pottery.

Arriva Bus

So, the rain has begun and you're sat indoors wondering what you can make of the miserable day outside. Well, you've come to the right place. We've come up with the perfect solution to making your day a little less moody and a lot more groovy! Hop on an Arriva bus and have it take you to your chosen Hertfordshire destination. Bringing the whole family? Purchase a Family & Parent Bus Ticket, so you can save money on travelling and focus on making the families day a little brighter.

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