We've had some pretty great weather recently, but is it here to last? We've written this handy post just in case!

This past month we have enjoyed more sunshine in the UK than in the previous four months before that combined. Not complaining, but we all know… the rain is inevitable. And no matter the destination – a tropical Dominican beach or the historic city of York – rainy weather is often a culprit for ruining holidays. So to help you have a great time, even when it’s pouring it down outside, we’ve put together 8 things you can do in York on a rainy day.

Visit all the museums with a York Pass

Visit museum with a York Pass

The most obvious thing to do when it rains is to stay indoors. Luckily for everyone, York has a number of museums all within a short walking distance from each other. Browse the personal collection of Vivienne Westwood shoes at York Castle Museum, learn more about the Viking history of York at JORVIK Viking Centre, make your own chocolate lolly at York’s Chocolate Story and feed a virtual reality dinosaur at the Yorkshire Museum. To make all these visits easier and save you some money, pick up a YorkPass that will let you visit over 40 attractions!

Indulge in a spa day at The Grand Hotel & Spa

Spa day

A spa day is always appreciated, especially when it’s grey outside. Extend an hour-long massage into two hours, get a facial scrub and a manicure, relax in a steam room and soak in a whirlpool spa with a refreshing cocktail. The Grand Hotel & Spa is our number one choice – you won’t regret spending a day treating yourself to some luxury.

Join a cooking class

Cooking Class

Cookery is art. On a rainy day, why not learn how to cook a new dish? Join a cooking class with York Cookery School. Learn how to tackle traditional Italian dishes, make handmade pasta and some finger-licious sauces from the freshest Yorkshire ingredients. Meet like-minded people and surprise friends and relatives with your amazing fine dining cooking skills.

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the Countess of York

Afternoon Tea

A visit to the National Railway Museum is a must when in York, no matter the weather. But on a rainy day, why not indulge in a traditional English Afternoon Tea aboard a Victorian Carriage? Opulent décor, elegant furniture, delicious finger sandwiches and homemade desserts are guaranteed to make you forget about the greyness outside. The Countess of York is an award-winning afternoon tea experience for a reason!

Have a cuppa in one of York’s independent coffee shops

Enjoy a vcup of hot drink

Is there a better way to enjoy a rainy day than with a cup of hot coffee in your hand? There are so many amazing independent coffee shops that make rich and delicious lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and all other delicious hot drinks. For a rich taste, head over to Spring Espresso, if you have a sweet tooth why not try Brew&Brownie and treat yourself to some fluffy pancakes as well. For those of you who prefer tea over coffee (same here!) why not try a traditional Japanese Matcha at Ippuku Tea House.

Visit the theatre

Visit the theatre

For some rainy evening entertainment try one of York’s theatres. You can enjoy a West End musical or a Stand-Up show at The Grand Opera House – home of the region’s live entertainment. Or head over to York Theatre Royal for some of the best theatrical performances in a building that still hides a Roman well beneath the stage.

Bounce around at ENERGI Trampoline Park

Jump at Energi Trampoline Park

For a bit of fun and physical activity for the whole family, head to ENERGI Trampoline Park. Bounce around the trampolines, jump into a foam pit or and play a match of jumping dodgeball. With a café on site and loads of day activities, this is a great way to spend a rainy day and have fun together. But don’t forget to watch that safety video!

Watch a movie at one of York's cinemas


Rainy day? More like movie marathon day! City Screen has you covered with their amazing seasonal movie offerings. From Kubrik to magical worlds of Studio Ghibli - you can find one of your favourites to enjoy on a big screen once again. And if you love comfy seats and delicious food while loosing yourself in a plot of a new blockbuster - Everyman York is not to be missed. 

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Visit York Blog Written By Ana Ignatova