Rainy Days in Bristol

rainy days in bristol

A rainy walk and puddle splashing can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you might want an indoor option or to plan an outing with somewhere dry to retreat to! See my ideas below for rainy days in Bristol. I also included ideas if you fancy fully embracing the wet with water activities!

Indoor Activities

Bristol Aquarium

Entirely indoors See our recent visit 📍Anchor Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TT

Aerospace Bristol

Museum and cafe are indoors, but there is a play area outside. See our reel of our visit! 📍 Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BZ

SS Great Britain

Indoors, apart from the top deck and area around the boat. Cafe has a large indoor seating area. 📍Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol, BS1 6TY

Wake The Tiger

Entirely indoors. 📍 Wake The Tiger, 127 Albert Rd, Bristol BS2 0YA

Haynes Motor Museum

📍Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7LH

The Helicopter Museum

📍 Locking Moor Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS24 8PP


  • MShed
  • Bristol Museum
  • Arnolfini
  • RWA
  • Spike Island
  • John Wesley’s New Room
  • Beyond Submergence at Propyard


  • Freedog
  • Airhop
  • Majestics Gymnastics
  • Axis


  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Roxy Lanes
  • The Lanes
  • Ten Pin

Ninja Warrior

Bump Roller Disco

Planet Ice


  • Skyboat
  • The Treehouse at Cadbury Garden Centre
  • Boing Inns Court
  • Farringtons
  • Little Nannies
  • Wild Things Play Project


  • Bristol Hippodrome
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Redgrave Theatre
  • Tobacco Factory
  • Theatre Royal and The Egg in Bath


  • Mission Inflatable University of Bristol (summer event)
  • Parish Wharf Leisure Pool


  • Clip ‘n Climb
  • Crazy Climb
  • Redpoint
  • Flashpoint

Play Cafes

  • Out There Indoors
  • The Gossip Play Cafe
  • My Little Town
  • Be Weird Be Wild Be Wonderful
  • Little City Pop-up Events

Craft Clubs

  • Children’s Scrapstore
  • Colourful Minds
  • Craft Club Bristol
  • The Creation Station
  • IKEA
  • RWA
  • Spike Island
  • The Art Cart at Arnolfini


Summer reading challenge, rhymetime and story time activities

Garden Centre

  • Cadbury Garden Centre (has a soft play)
  • Whitehall Garden Centres in Whitchurch or Lacock

Mini Golf

  • Mulligans
  • Jungle Rumble

Board Game Cafe

Escape Rooms

Go Karting



  • Grand Pier WSM
  • Bar NQ64

Pottery Painting

  • Flying Saucers
  • Mini Potters

Indoor & Outdoor Attractions

Attractions partly outdoors and partly indoors are great for a rainy day in Bristol if you don’t mind a bit of rain!…

Avon Valley Railway train rides

Trains undercover. 📍 Bitton Station, Bath Rd, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD

Wookey Hole

Caves, soft play, 4D cinema, mirror maze and vintage arcade indoors. Mini golf and dinosaur valley outside. 📍 The Mill, High St, Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BA

American Museum & Gardens

Museum is indoors, but there are large gardens and a play area to explore outside. 📍 Claverton Manor, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7BD


Mostly outside but the cafe, small soft play and craft area is indoors. 📍 WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT

Farringtons Farm Park

Soft play and cafe indoors. 📍 Main St, Farrington Gurney, Bristol, BS39 6UB

Willsbridge Mill

Cafe indoors 📍 Willsbridge Hill, Willsbridge, Bristol BS30 6EU

Newton Farm Shop

Indoor and undercover seating at the cafe. 📍 Park Farm, Bath, BA1 9AQ

Cheddar Gorge Caves

📍 The Cliffs, Cheddar BS27 3QF

Wolfridge Alpaca

Indoor cafe and crafts. Alpacas in fields outside. 📍 Alpaca Barn, Wolfridge, Forty Acre Ln, Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3QU

Cattle Country

New large indoor soft play and animal barn under cover. 📍 Berkeley Heath Farm House, Berkeley, GL13 9EW

Bristol Packet Boat Trip

Undercover boat trips! 📍 Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol, BS1 6UN

Toot Bus Tour

Undercover (or open top) bus tour! 📍 3-10, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1

Clearwell Caves

📍 The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford, GL16 8JR

Windmill Hill or Grimsbury City Farm

Both have cafes indoors 📍 Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EA 📍 Grimsbury Farm, Baden Rd, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 9SE

Bath Soft Cheese

Cafe indoors and small room above dairy with some kids toys. 📍 Park Farm, Bath, BA1 9AQ

Water Activities

If you feel like embracing the rain why not try…

  • The Wave surfing
  • West Country Water Park – multiple water activities
  • Water Garden at Mall Cribbs*
  • Slip ‘N’ Slide Avon Valley Park*
  • Ultimate Slip ‘N’ Slide*
  • SUP Bristol
  • See our Summer Holidays Guide for more water play ideas!

*summer events

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