What to do in Dorset when it’s raining


Visit a museum

Dorset has several museums to choose from that are perfect for a rainy day, including:

The Dorset County Museum – dating back to the 1800s, you can learn all about the area’s natural history, as well as explore the world’s largest collection relating to Dorset-born author Thomas Hardy.

The Tank Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of tanks, where you can learn about their roles in military history. The museum also hosts regularly changing events throughout the year, which you can find information about on their website.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum – set in a stunning Victorian stately home, there is plenty to see through the property – and if you get a break from the rain, you can explore the gardens!

Relax at the spa

There’s no better time for some R&R than when you can hear the rain lashing down outside, and our Silverlake Estate has an on-site spa, meaning you won’t even have to travel very far from your holiday home.

Inspired by GAIA, the Greek goddess of nature, our treatments range from 30-minute facials to two-hour, full-body treatment packages. You can find more about our range of treatments here.

Visit the Lighthouse

Not to be confused with the Portland Bill Lighthouse - which is one of the best things to do for free in Dorset – we’re talking about the Lighthouse Art & Entertainment Centre located in Poole. From the concert hall which regularly hosts musical or comedy performances to the only independent cinema in the area, there is plenty to do which will keep you sheltered from the elements. 

Visit an aquarium

Stay dry with a visit to The Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre, this is a great place to spend a rainy day, especially if you have the little ones with you. The centre is home to over 2,500 different species, including sharks, turtles and penguins, located in 13 unique zones for you to explore at your leisure. There are also three separate food outlets, meaning you can spend the whole day exploring if you so wish.

family of four watching sting rays in an aquarium

Go to an activity centre

Another great choice if you are visiting with kids. There are several indoor activity centres across the region, such as the Lemur Landings in Poole where your little ones can have fun climbing, bouncing, and sliding while you can enjoy staying dry.

Alternatively, if you’re already wet, you could visit the Dorset Adventure Park where you can enjoy a total wipeout-style adventure course or even brave one of the muddle assault courses!

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but there is plenty to see and do across the county. Whatever you choose to do, you will be sure to be entertained during your stay in Dorset, so make sure a bit of drizzle doesn’t ruin your holiday!

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