Wales Things to Do When it Rains

What to do on a rainy day in Wales

Why wait for perfect weather to go sightseeing in Wales when there are numerous activities for you to experience whatever the weather. Don’t think Wales doesn’t get their fair share of sunny days, they do, however, the Welsh weather is known as changeable.

Wales has some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles, due in part to the amount of rain it receives. The likelihood of rain and showers needn’t keep you from enjoying your time there as Wales is chocked full of interesting things to see and do even if the weather outside is less than perfect.

The Welsh don’t let rain hamper their leisure time, here are fun things you can do in Wales on a rainy day.

Couple with umbrella rainy day UK
Rainy Day

For fans of the BBC Doctor Who Series, Cardiff Bay is the place for you. The whole family can take a tour of filming locations, and see props and costumes from the series. An interactive tour will keep both adults and kids entertained whatever the weather is doing.

Grab your kids and your swimming costume for a day at The LC Swansea which has everything you could want for a fun filled day. Being Wales’ largest waterpark, the kids will love the long water slides, the wave machine and the boardrider which is a great way to practice surfing or body boarding.

If you’re looking for something more relaxing try the jacuzzi, steam room or sauna, perfect to unwind or maybe their aromatherapy room is more your style.

If your journey takes you through mid-Wales you can go deep underground to escape the Welsh rain. Why not visit a slate mine in Corris? The Corris Mine Explorers offers different tours based on the desired activity levels.

Featuring a guided walk, you’ll put on your miner’s helmet complete with lamp and a harness for a step back in time. It was a hard life for the miners and you’ll get a taste of what it was like as you can try some of the machinery and listen to stories about a miner’s life underground.

old Victorian mining wheel
Old Victorian mining wheel

In the same area, you can experience the stuff of legends in King Arthur’s Labyrinth. A boatman wearing a hooded cloak will greet you and take you and your group on a little sailing adventure recanting stories of King Arthur. The tour continues walking past dramatic scenes while a narration is played, a pleasant mixture of fantasy and fun.

If it is raining outside, what better reason to head to the cinema. Across Wales there several to choose from including ultra modern multiplexes to ones with a tad of nostalgia. The Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr is Wales’ oldest cinema and gives you the best of both worlds.

Showing the latest flicks but with an atmosphere which is from the heydey of cinema with comfortable plush seating, ample leg room, and a welcoming atmosphere.

For train lovers and those who just love beautiful scenery, take a trip on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway which is in the Guinness book of World Records as the oldest railway.

You’ll be climbing 700 feet through breathtaking views across green pasture, and gorges. This unforgettable trip is one of the most popular attractions for people of all ages. It’s advisable to dress in layers or take a jacket as it can be cool at the higher elevation.

Ready to get the adrenaline pumping? If so zip lining is possible no matter what is happening outside. At Zip World in north Wales, they offer both indoor and outdoor zip lines so you’ll be whizzing along the cables whatever the weather.

Deep inside a slate mine, you can zip line onto platforms, strategically placed along the walls of the eerily lit cave. If that’s not your thing they also have trampoline nets suspended high above deep mine shafts. Enjoy bouncing and sliding to the next trampoline net which is fully enclosed allowing you to see the mine but keeping you safe on your adventure.

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Zip Line Adventure

These are just a sampling of the activities to do in Wales when it’s raining. Each area of Wales has its own unique history and they have transformed many of their disused quarries and mines into recreational activity centres.

The Welsh hospitality and pride in their country are evident in their eagerness to show visitors a good time whether it’s a grey rainy day or one with glorious sun.