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Things to do in Preston on a Rainy Day

From fun indoor activities, to spectacular theatres, arty workshops and fascinating museums, there are plenty of fun things to do in Preston if the weather isn’t great.

After all, rainy days don’t have to mean staying at home, get out and explore the wonderful city of Preston and make some lasting memories!

Visit the Harris Museum and Art Gallery

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery is a fabulous day out for all the family. A treasure trove of fantastic art, fascinating objects and wonderful exhibitions, these remarkable collections are all housed in the stunning Grade I listed building in the heart of Preston.

Explore St Walburge’s Church


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This beautiful Roman Catholic church is situated on Weston Street in Preston and was built by the Gothic recovery drafts man Joseph Hansom in the 19th century. An outstanding structure, this wonderful church is one of the most astounding steeples in Europe and the perfect place to visit on a rainy day. Venture inside and marvel at the heavenly, tall ceilings, beautiful wooden features and tranquil atmosphere.

Grab a Bite to Eat at Preston Market Hall

One of the best things to do in Preston on a rainy day is visit the Preston Market. Located under the grand Victorian canopy, this stunning market offers a wide choice of fresh, local and quality produce from classic traders like butchers, fishmongers, dairy traders, fruit and veg trader and much more. There are also loads of cafes, craft stalls and fabulous seating areas that are perfect for avoiding the bad weather.

Ride the Ribble Steam Railway


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If you love a journey, why not get a ticket for the glorious Ribble Steam Railway and enjoy a seat in one of the lovely coaches from the great days of the British railways. The train travels along the stream Ribble, passing the water craft yard and moving onto the present-day Preston dock, with stunning views throughout. It’s a wonderful day out for all the family.

Discover the British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Perfect for car lovers, The British Commercial Vehicle Museum is a friendly and volunteer run organisation that charts British commercial vehicle history since the 1800’s. You and the family can enjoy a sensory experience, featuring real stories from factory workers, drivers and the famous inventors whose innovations shape our everyday lives. The museum is housed in the original inspection building of Leyland Motors and has a traditional Northern Light Roof.

Take a Trip to the Cinema


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One of northwest England’s oldest cinemas, The Palace is the perfect destination if you’re looking for things to do in Preston on a wet and rainy day. This iconic venue shows a collection of mainstream movies, independent films and offers some brilliant live entertainment too. Owned locally, this cinema is the ideal place to spend a family day out.

Break out of an Escape Room

One of the most interactive experiences in Preston, head to Timed Trap and test your code breaking skills against the clock. You and your team will have one hour to problem solve, puzzle-crack and code hunt to regain your freedom from a locked room. The venue offers three themed rooms to choose from, including ‘treasure theft’, ‘serial killer’ and ‘the great escape’. An amazing experience for families and friends, Timed Trap brings everyone together for a unique and exciting challenge.


If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, look no further than Level. Lancashire’s leading entertainment complex is bursting with an array of choices, from amazing assault courses, to laser tag, crazy golf, karaoke rooms, arcade games, bowling and much more. With three enticing levels of diverse and quirky entertainment to suit visitors of all ages, shapes and sizes, it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re searching for a buzzing, fun atmosphere.

Explore Samlesbury Hall


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One of the most stunning stately homes in Lancashire and a haven for lovers of history, Samlesbury Hall is a fantastic, free family day out for everyone to enjoy. Steeped in a wealth of history from 1180, this beautiful hall is renowned as one of the most haunted locations in Britain. Resident spirits include the legendary White Lady, Dorothy Southworth who died of a broken heart and has since been seen on many occasions within the Hall and grounds. Whether you’d like to explore the history, find out more about the ghostly happenings or simply discover the beautiful architecture, Samlesbury Hall is a fab venue for a rainy day.

Go to the Theatre

From the Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, to The Continental and beautiful Playhouse Theatre, Preston is home to a wonderful range of grand and intimate theatres that are the perfect place to take the family on a rainy day. With a range of family friendly shows, brilliant amateur productions and interactive performances, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Visit Clip n Climb


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If you’re looking for an active day out, check out Preston’s fantastic Clip n Climb. This amazing climbing wall features 20 unique climbing challenges, plus some extra surprises like the Vertical Drop Slide. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced climber or if you’ve never seen a climbing wall in your life, Clip n Climb is perfect for all abilities. Far from conventional climbing walls, which are generally designed to have realistic climbing routes you’d find outdoors, Clip n Climb is focused on the fun and fantastic.

Explore the Lancashire Infantry Museum

Last in our list of things to do in Preston on a rainy day is the fascinating Lancashire Infantry Museum. This wonderful destination is the largest regimental archive in Northern England and is packed with costumes, crafts and family fun. Housed in Fulwood Barracks, it’s a real treasure trove of educational records, intriguing artefacts and preserved achievements of the infantry regiments of Central Lancashire, the Queen’s Lancashire regiment and its predecessors the East, South and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best things to do in Preston on a wet and rainy day, don’t forget, the brand new Shankly Hotel Preston is planned to open very soon so check our Facebook page for updates.