The United Kingdom has just had the wettest April since records began, and May is set to be much the same. Don’t let the great British weather put you off though! A cottage holiday in the UK is still fantastic fun, but how do you make the most of your time when it’s raining? Here are my top things to do that will be sure to keep you busy on a rainy day.
Go Shopping At The Original Shopping Center
The Rows in Chester are the original indoor shopping center. Built by the Romans, they date back to medieval times and are one of Chester’s main tourist attractions. The Rows are made up of street level shops with more shops and covered walkways situated above, accessed by steps. The rows line the four main streets in Chester leading out from the Chester Cross. This double layered shopping experience is great for keeping you dry when it’s raining and you can access the modern Grosvenor Shopping Centre from the rows too. It’s a fantastic way to see the historic sights of Chester, whilst sheltering you from the rain.
Sit back and watch the world go by on a Steam Railway
What could be better on a rainy day than travelling through unspoilt countryside, taking in fantastic views, and experiencing a traditional method of transport all at the same time! There are lots of traditional steam railways across the UK. One of the best is the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. The journey takes you on a 13 mile trip through the Snowdonia, climbing over 700 feet into the mountains then past lakes, forest and waterfalls all from the comfort of your warm and cosy carriage.
Flickr photo via Jesslee Cuizon
Get Wet White Water Rafting
Sometimes the best way to deal with wet weather is to get wet yourself! White water rafting is a really fun and exhilarating activity that’s even better when it’s raining. You don’t need any experience and there are many places to go White Water rafting in the UK all year round.
Fancy A Swim?
Kid yourself that you are in a tropical paradise and go for a swim! There are literally countless swimming pools across the UK where you can enjoy a splash. For a touch of luxury, how about renting a holiday cottage that has a swimming pool or hot tub? That way you can enjoy a soak in your very own pool whilst listening to the patter of the rain on the window in the comfort of your own accommodation.
Plenty Of Indoor Activities
The UK is literally brimming with indoor activities. Why not use the rain as an excuse to go ice skating or perfect your skiing skills at an indoor snow dome with real snow! If you fancy something a little more relaxed a trip to an aquarium or museum could be just the thing! With so much to do, don’t let the Great British weather hold you back from having an enjoyable trip.
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