Rainy days might seem like the ultimate way to really ruin a Great British Holiday. We’re all too familiar with the rain clouds forming over our much-deserved summer breaks…
Don’t worry, though. If you’ve decided to base your staycation in the historical county of Shropshire, there are plenty of rainy day activities to keep everyone happy despite the weather.
Let’s take a look at a few of the best things to do when it’s raining in Shropshire…
Shropshire has played a significant part in history, and remains one of the most well preserved counties in the UK. There are plenty of castles left over from the medieval days, most of which are open to the public.
The historical epicentre of Shrewsbury, this castle truly captures the magic of the county. A medieval castle, complete with furnished interiors and beautiful gardens, the castle is a great family day out, allowing visitors to explore the vast history of Shropshire whilst taking in some breathtaking views.
Serving as an educational museum as well as a fine example of a historic fortress, Shrewsbury castle is a must-see for anyone in the area.
Sat atop a mighty hill, overlooking the confluence of two rivers, Ludlow Castle is absolutely stunning. For fans of history, art and architecture alike, Ludlow is the place to go. Regular events, shops and refreshments mean that you’ll never be bored – plus, you’ll be out of the rain!
Technically not a castle, but a ‘fortified manor house’, Stokesay Castle is a great place to visit in the Shropshire countryside. Running amazing events throughout the year, it is a great day out for families with children if you notice the clouds getting darker.
Whilst not quite located in Shropshire, this Welsh fortress is a National Heritage building – only a short drive from the beautiful Shropshire.
With its two turrets sat proudly at the castle gates, Whittington Castle is the exactly what you’d expect from a fairy tale chateau. You can find the monolithic manor near Oswestry – though it isn’t completely indoors, so you may want to take an umbrella just in case.
Shropshire has an abundance of entertaining and educational museums, suitable for both children and adults:
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery is an essential place to visit for art lovers and history enthusiasts. Running exhibitions and events throughout the entire year, you’ll easily be able to pass a rainy Shropshire day here.
Ironbridge Gorge Museums & Victorian Village
One of our favourite Shropshire attractions is Ironbridge Gorge Museums and Victorian Village. Set in the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums serve as an interactive, immersive, and fun learning experience.
You can explore the Victorian village, meet ‘Victorian’ shopkeepers and taste traditional British food – all whilst learning more about the history of Shropshire and the Industrial Revolution. Each of the museums specialise in a different area – from ironwork art to coal port china. You might need more than just one rainy day to explore the whole attraction.
Coleham Pumping Station
The preserved pumping station only serves as a small museum, but it’s still a highly interesting place to visit – especially with your young historians and engineers.
Royal Airforce Museum
If you’re near Cosford, why not visit the RAF museum? You can learn about the history of Great British aviation or browse the gallery.
Children’s Play Areas
If you’ve got kids, then you know how important it is to keep them entertained!
Here are a few of the best indoor play areas for children to enjoy on a rainy Shropshire day.
Described as Shropshire’s biggest and best indoor funhouse, this has everything you’ll need to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day. Located in Oswestry, a half-hour drive from Shrewsbury, it’s set in a pretty grade-II listed building. Adults can grab a bite to eat as their children have a great time with the softplay fixtures.
Climbing The Walls
For the more adventurous, Climbing the Walls makes a fantastic choice for a day out in Shrewsbury. This indoor rock-climbing area has a wide variety of courses with different levels of difficulty.
Whether you’re an avid climber or a newbie, experienced instructors will teach you how to make the most of your rock-climbing day out.
Jungleland is a themed play area that kids can enjoy in Telford, Shropshire. Let the sound of the rain immerse you in the incredible jungle imagery, where kids can take on a safari adventure, crazy golf, orlaser tag.
Jungleland even comes with free wifi so the grown ups won’t get bored!
You can find this soft play centre in the Maverick business park, only a short distance from the town centre.
Mickey Miller’s Family Playbarn
Mickey Miller’s is a ‘fun for all the family’ soft play centre in Craven Arms. With activities for both grownups and kids, it promises a great day out.
Just for Adults
Sometimes, the grown-ups need some rainy-day activities of their own. Here are some great activities designed exclusively for adults:
Ludlow Brewing Company
Ludlow Brewing Company is a fantastic place for adults to visit on a day out, or even to sit back and relax after a long day of sightseeing and exploring.
Providing high-quality craft beers and ales in a wonderfully cosy artisan building, it is a great place to visit on a rainy day.
Inns & Coach Houses
Due to being extremely significant in the medieval, Tudor and Victorian eras, Shropshire has a large variety of inns, pubs and coach houses to visit. Each of these is set in original, charismatic premises that largely retain their original and authentic features. Favourites include The Angel Inn, The All Nations Inn, and The Boathouse.