We love to talk about the weather don’t we and boy is it miserable out there. It’s enough to make you want to get on a plane and travel to sunnier climes! We know it’s rainy and cold out there but don’t let that impact your zest for life, because we’ve got a heap of fantastic indoor attractions that you can enjoy without stepping out and having to brave the elements. Who said rainy days can’t be fun!

We thought we'd share a few of Leicester's indoor attractions that will save you from the rainy and dreadful weather out there.

Discover Leicester’s free Museums

The Rutland Dinosaur, Image credit New Walk Museum

Leicester’s museums are the perfect choice for those trying to save the pennies this year – a selection of fun days out, great for families and – best of all – free entry. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is packed full of galleries that’ll wow kids and adults alike; wonder at mummies from Ancient Egypt and come face-to-face with the Rutland dinosaur – 10ft high and 165 million years old! We think it's great but don't take our word for it – Musuem Crush has named New Walk Museum as one of the best places in Britain to see Dinosaurs and Fossils!

Art fans will love the Victorian Art Gallery as well as Leicester’s internationally renowned collection of German Expressionism. If museums are your thing, don’t miss Newarke Houses Museum and The Guildhall for more fun, free days out.


Walk in the footsteps of a King

Replica skeleton of Richard III at Richard III Visitor Centre

Discover the King’s story in Leicester, starting off at the King Richard III Visitor Centre. Standing on the medieval site of Grey Friars, this exhibition explains the events that led to the King’s hasty burial and rediscovery. Get closer to history than you thought imaginable and see the exact place Richard’s remains were buried over 500 years ago through a glass-floored completive space. After this poignant experience, walk through the peaceful Cathedral Gardens to Leicester Cathedral – this beautiful building houses the tomb of King Richard III. 

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Bosworth Battlefield, Image credit Leicestershire County Council

Delve further into the history of the King and visit Bosworth Battlefield in Leicestershire, the site of the battle where King Richard III met his end. If you're feeling brave you can take a walk of the battle site – wrap up and enjoy the beautiful scenery on a 2km guided walk. Check the website for a full programme of events.


Travel through space

Go to infinity and beyond with a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester.  With six interactive galleries, a unique 3D simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, channel your inner astronaut and get lost in an out of this world experience!

It’s not only a great day out, but you’ll also learn plenty along the way. If you want to know more about the planets in our Solar system you can walk through the gallery and stop off at Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take time out of your journey to drive a martian rover on the red planet, take a bath with Saturn and even see venues in 3D. So much to learn about our neighbours in the solar system!

The Science of the Time Lords, Image credit National Space Centre

Be sure to check out the Space Centre's What's On calendar for more fun things to do – The stars are the limit on rainy days in Leicester!

Social Climbing

A dedicated 7,500 square foot bouldering only centre with 70m2 of climbing surface. The brand is an homage to the rebellious group of 70s climbers – the Stonemasters. They pioneered the art of social climbing whilst breaking every rule and making new ones. Taking partying as seriously as their sport, the Stonemasters pioneered the art of solo free-climbing without ropes and scaled the toughest faces and boulders of Yosemite. It’s the perfect choice for a rainy day.

Boost Trampoline Park

Warm yourself with a run, jump, bounce, skip and hop at Boost Trampoline Park. There is something for everyone including a massive foam pit, trapeze with foam pit, a Gladiator style battling beam plus plenty more other exciting activities.

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Museum
ancient egyptian mummy

Leicester's original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world

King Richard III Visitor Centre
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Exterior of King Richard III Visitor Centre, See & Do in Leicester

Standing on the site of the medieval friary of the Grey Friars where the king's remains were buried over 500 years ago, the centre tells the fascinating story of the King Richard III's life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological stories ever told. With interactive, hands-on displays, visitors can discover how King Richard III's remains were discovered and identified.

National Space Centre
Science Centre
National Space Centre, Leicester

The award winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience for the whole family. With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, world unique 3D SIM ride and iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, there really is something for everybody to enjoy.

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