The W5 Discovery Centre at the Odyssey.
Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits or your plans for a day out. There’s plenty of indoor attractions to keep everyone happy on those rainy Northern Ireland days.
Weather proof your plans with these top rain beaters.
All-action shelters from the storm
We Are Vertigo
We Are Vertigo is perfect for those with rainy-day energy to burn, this Belfast trampoline, alpine-themed adventure park and ski centre is all you need to enjoy a fun filled day with family and friends from toddlers to teenagers and beyond.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
Make getting wet fun by checking out Northern Ireland's biggest indoor water sports centre. Lisburn’s Lagan Valley LeisurePlex features flumes, a lazy river, aqualand, water slides and a competition diving pool – rainy day hoo-ha.
Dundonald Ice Bowl
Embrace the frozen water world of this classy County Down ice rink. Skate, then bowl, grab a bite and take in the other indoor delights. Dundonald Ice Bowl great call on a rainy day.
Ward off the weather in this bowling centre with a little bit extra. Bowling, arcade, pool tables, and there’s also a multi-screen cinema complex and lots of eateries for afterwards. Something for everyone at the Odyssey Pavillion.
One of the many indoor soft play areas in Northern Ireland for your little monkeys run riot in, there’s plenty of adventure and learning possibilities for the kids and a relaxing café for the adults at Cheeky Chimps.
For the brain out of the rain
Engage the kids’ brains in this fun-filled science and discovery centre at W5 with daily interactive shows and an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions. There’s so much to do you might never want the rain to stop.
A wet afternoon can’t spoil the entertaining astronomical education at Armagh Planetarium. 3D digital theatre, cosmic balloons, space arts and crafts, meteorites – there’s a star turn for everyone from nursery to retirement age.
Take a diver’s view of marine life at the amazing Exploris aquarium. From the native fish of Strangford Lough to the colourful coral reefs of the tropical oceans and the dark depths of the Amazon Rainforest, there’s something for everyone at this dip into the deep.
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
A rainy day in Bellaghy, under the spell of a Nobel Prize-winning poet’s life and literature, could hardly be more enchanting. The exhibitions at Seamus Heaney HomePlace include a ‘word hoard’ and are full of personal stories, photographs, artefacts, video, audio and even poems read by Seamus Heaney himself.
An enjoyable day out with an educational twist, at the Ulster Museum you can come face to face with Dippy the Dinosaur, meet an ancient Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces, with more interactive activities for the kids.
Welcoming waterproof worlds
The fascinating story told through all in seven floors and under one roof at Titanic Belfast. This iconic attraction celebrates the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship and Belfast’s maritime heritage. One to drop anchor in again and again.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
All indoors, Ireland’s finest collection of planes, trains and automobiles is well worth a rainy day excursion at any time. The array of majestic steam locomotives, fire engines and vintage cars at the popular Ulster Folk and Transport Museum will definitely get your motor running.
Pottering around out of the rain takes on a whole new meaning at Belleek Pottery home to the world-famous Belleek Fine Parian China. Enjoy a guided tour, visit the on-site museum and audio-visual theatre and showroom, or browse the gift shop for a unique souvenir or present.
For a stimulating rural destination as the rain clouds gather, go back in time to An Creagán in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. Learn about Celtic culture and traditions through interpretive exhibitions featuring the archaeology, natural environment and culture of the area.
A crisp and crunchy visit to see, taste and experience how Northern Ireland’s most famous snacks are made is sure to be the silver lining on any cloud-filled day. Take the family along to see the magic at Tandragee’s Tayto Castle (image above courtesy of Tayto).
The Linen Green
A cloudburst is a great cue for a spot of retail therapy, and that’s when The Linen Green is the perfect cover. Surrounded by the feel of the historic village of Moygashel, this discount designer outlet and retail park can turn rain clouds into blue skies.
Crumlin Road Gaol
You are definitely ‘inside’ and out of the rain when you visit this fascinating gaol, once home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots. Take a tour, understand its history, and stand in condemned man's cell and tunnel linking Crumlin Road Gaol to the old courthouse (image above courtesy of Crumlin Road Gaol).
Enniskillen Castle might be surrounded by water, but nothing penetrates this stronghold built by the Gaelic Maguires on the island town in the middle of Lough Erne. Its chequered past is showcased in two fascinating museums and an exciting programme of tours, living history and crafts activities.
Caught in the rain in Londonderry? Dry off in the Guildhall, see the stunning stained glass windows, an exhibition on the Plantation of Ulster, visit the main hall and organ and enjoy refreshments in the café.