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Things to do in Bristol when it's Raining

Living in Bristol means, come rain or shine, there is always something fun to do. Whether it's shopping, rock climbing, visiting a museum or a trip to the movies, we have you covered.

There is so much to do in Bristol when it is raining. Here is our expert list to keep you entertained when the days are grey and a little too drizzly...

Visit the Zoo

Visit the Zoo

Where: Bristol Zoo

About: Rainy days are great days to visit the zoo. There is a lot to see and do, including several indoor attractions with amazing animal habitats. The Aquarium, the activity centre, The Hatching Hut, and The Butterfly Forest are just a few of the zoo's rainy day destinations. Don’t worry if you are caught out, the gift shop has umbrellas, ponchos, sunscreen and clothing for whatever the weather.

Address: Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Telephone: 0117 974 7300

Science Museum

Science Museum

Where: We The Curious

About: We The Curious is a fun day out for the entire family - and a great idea when the rain clouds are out in force! With lots of interactive activities and exhibitions there is always something new to discover. Whether you are a tiny explorer, or you want to experience the silver sphere planetarium, there is a whole world of scientific exploration at your doorstep! 

Address: Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB

Telephone: 0845 345 1235

Go Shopping

Go Shopping

Where: Cabot Circus 

About: There's nothing like a spot of retail therapy to beat away those rainy day blues! So, throw on your raincoat, and head down to Cabot Circus to enjoy their huge range of shops, restaurants and cafes. With all of your favourite stores, a cinema and some top places to grab a bite to eat, it’s a great place to spend a rainy day! 

Address: Glass House, Bristol, BS1 3BX

Telephone: 0117 952 9361



Where: Bristol Hippodrome

About: If you're bored of trashy day time telly and fancy some real entertainment, why not head down to the Hippodrome Theatre and let the stars brighten an otherwise rainy day. With shows for all ages, there's always plenty to see! Tickets start from less than £20.00; so you won’t be breaking the bank either!

Address: St Augustine's Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ

Telephone: 0844 871 3012



Where: Bristol Aquarium

About: There aren’t many ways you can experience life under water without getting wet. Even if it’s raining outside, you can be sure the only wet thing at Bristol Aquarium is the fish! Situated at the historic harboursite, Bristol Aquarium has a fantastic collection of tropical sharks, beautiful seahorses and impressive rays. There is so much to see and do, no matter what age you are. 

Address:  Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5TT

Telephone: 0117 929 8929



Where: Showcase

About: Whether you’re a fan of action movies, romance or horror, a trip to the cinema can be the perfect way to pass a rainy afternoon. If you go on your own, or with a group of friends, it doesn’t have to cost the earth. With NUS discounts, 2for1 nights and other ticket offers you can make sure your pennies stretch that little bit further.

Address: Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX

Telephone: 0871 220 1000

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Where: Undercover Rock

About: If you’re getting itchy feet from staying indoors, then why not try your hand at climbing. Undercover Rock offers a fantastic climbing experience in the unique setting of a renovated church. The centre caters for all abilities and all ages, and it’s a great way to keep fit whilst avoiding the rainstorms. 

Address: Mina Road, Bristol, BS2 9YT

Telephone: 0117 941 3489



About: Located on the historic dockside, M Shed is a museum dedicated to telling the amazing history of Bristol, through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. Three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world.

Facilities: Visitors can enjoy delicious food and drink served with a harbour view in the M Shed cafe before heading over to the gift shop to stock up on quirky and creative gifts that capture the essence of Bristol.

A: Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

T: 0117 352 6600

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Where: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

About: If the rain has put a damper on your day, then why pay the museum a visit. You’ll be able to explore collections of art, history and nature in the stunning surroundings of beautiful building. There's so much to see, you‘ll be sure to browse the rain clouds away. And what’s the best part? Entry to the museum is free of charge, so what are you waiting for?

Address: Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Telephone: 0117 922 3571

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