10 things to do on a rainy day

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Posted by Mags

Published February 23, 2017

Don't let a bit of rain spoil your day. Whatever the weather, there's something for everyone to do. Here's a selection of some of the best things to do on a rainy day in Northern Ireland.

What to do when it's raining

Fishing in Northern Ireland

Surfing in the rain

Why not head for the Causeway Coastal Route and get wet anyway? Surfing is a great way to have some fun and the rain can only enhance your wave experience. Beginner or expert, lessons are available and wet suits are provided.

Swim it lazy style

If you've got kids, there's no better way to keep them entertained and energised than a visit to your local swimming pool. Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn is a favourite with a lazy river and a variety of chutes and slides. Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, Northern Ireland's first 50 metre swimming pool, comes complete with a choice of three pools, waves and flumes for a great family day out.

Take a scenic river walk and coastal trek

Northern Ireland is full of scenic walks for all ages and abilities. So wrap up in your raincoat, dig out your wellies and take a walk along one of our beautiful rivers, forest parks or if you fancy a bit of sea air, why not venture to the coast?

Hop on a sea safari

Opt for a memorable day out with a high speed sea safari or boat trip. Experience the fast flowing tides of Strangford Lough or look out for puffins on Rathlin Island. If you are really lucky, you might even see a dolphin or basking shark!

Stay indoors and cook up a treat!

If you fancy staying indoors, then get cooking with some of Northern Ireland's finest produce. Why not make a traditional dish and use local ingredients to make it? Northern Ireland has some of the best local ingredients in the world, so pop down to your local farmers market or farm shop for fresh, home-grown local products.

Stunning waterfall walks

We love rainy days to keep our waterfalls looking beautiful and healthy. So why not make the most of the opportunity to experience some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Northern Ireland. It's another chance to get your wellies on! Read our blog to find out where they are.

An unique shopping experience

If you fancy some unique retail therapy in atmospheric surroundings, head to one of Northern Ireland's shopping centres or independent shopping outlets. The Linen Green in the historic linen village of Moygashel, outside Dungannon is a great spot for picking up a few bargains, treat yourself to a yummy lunch and coffee in one of the centre's delightful cafes.

Immerse yourself in the literary world

Grab a book and get cosy in the Linen Hall Library, the oldest library in Belfast. Uncover the unique collection of C.S. Lewis books and discover the inspiration behind Narnia. Step back in time to the 18th century to the Georgian era and visit Armagh Robinson Library,  a unique and beautiful building full of history, interesting artefacts and rare books.

Visit a museum

Step back in time with a trip to one of Northern Ireland's many museums. It's a great way to spend any rainy day and learn about our past. From the Ulster American Folk Park to the history of Belleek Pottery, there's plenty of choice for everyone.

Catch and Sea

Why not pack up the fishing rods and head off to some of Northern Ireland's fishing lakes and rivers, where you'll find the finest angling destinations in Europe. Sail at sunrise to catch your own breakfast where you can experience a one-of-a-kind culinary journey.


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