The Great British weather is famously unpredictable wherever you go in the UK. One day it could be cracking the flags the next day we could be three foot deep in snow - but we wouldn't have it any other way.

Luckily in Liverpool we have plenty of things to do indoors for if you ever get caught in a bit of bad weather. From places to see some great art, to crazy golf for adults, you’ll definitely manage to keep yourself dry.

Forgetting your umbrella won't put a dampener on your trip to the city and with everything we have suggested here you’ll be sure to have a great time come rain or shine.

Don’t forget, if the heavens open and you need to get from A to B, you can use the Merseyrail loop line to get you round town and keep you nice and dry!



The Museum of Liverpool will keep you occupied for hours on a rainy day. Discover the history of Liverpool, our music links, maritime heritage and our rich sporting legacy in one of the most amazing buildings in the city. 


Head over to FACT on Wood Street for an afternoon of contemporary art with a digital twist, you definitely won't have seen art work like it anywhere else. There is also a bar, cafe and three cinema screens in there too so it’s a brilliant way to spend the day away from the rain.


Head over to the World Museum for an afternoon of learning all about the history of the world! There’s loads to explore in here from Ancient Egypt, to learning all about space and watching the beautiful fish swim about in the aquarium; it's a great place for getting the kids out the rain!


Whilst you’re at the World Museum make sure you stop off at the Planetarium. Travel through space and time to discover the wonders of the universe in this immersive, fulldome experience. See mysterious planets, learn about the birth of the sun and wonder at the possibility of alien life in this cinema experience with a twist. At only £3 for adults and £2 for the kids it’s a great way to escape the rain. 


The Walker Art Gallery holds a stunning collection of paintings, sculptures and art works spanning over six hundred years so there is plenty to see in here to pass an hour or two away from the elements. This year they are also welcoming exhibitions showcasing Leonardo Da Vinci and Charles Rennie Mackintosh so it’s definitely worth braving the rain for these.


Tate Liverpool on the Royal Albert Dock is a great place to go if you want to get out of the rain and surround yourself with a huge collection of modern and contemporary art that is sure to brighten up even the dullest of days. Alongside their usual selection of work there are also special exhibitions such as this year’s Keith Haring show; definitely not one to miss. 


The Bluecoat is a brilliant place to stop off to keep dry as there is so much to do in there. Alongside their art exhibitions there is an Espresso bar and bistro, local independent businesses and loads of regular events.

Spending the day here photographing a conference. #liverpool

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Submerge yourself in Liverpool’s historic seafaring past at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and discover our connections to the sea. Throughout the museum you’ll find exhibits, free events and trails perfect for keeping the kids entertained. 


The Beatles once said ‘Rain, I don't mind’ and we certainly wouldn't mind heading down to The Beatles Story if it started raining. The immersive experience takes you round the lives and careers of the Fab Four and is a must for any Beatles fan visiting the city. Situated in Britannia Vaults at Royal Albert Dock, head underground to escape the rain outside.


Find Open Eye Gallery on Mann Island and explore one of the UK’s leading photography spaces. It houses a collection of photographs dating from the 1930s as well as hosting regular themed exhibitions; it’s a real hidden gem of the cities art scene. 

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

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Exploring the British Music Experience is a great way to spend some time out of the rain. Learn all about Britain's musical history and see memorabilia from some of the biggest artists from over the decades. 

We're the Spice Girls, ready to go 👊🏻✌🏻

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For a bit of peace and quiet on a rainy day head over to Central Library. One of the city's most stunning buildings, be amazed by the glass dome that fills the ceiling and then wander into the Picton Reading room to feel as if you have stepped onto the set of Harry Potter - it’s that quiet in there you could hear a pin drop!


No trip to Liverpool is complete without heading to one of our awe-inspiring Cathedrals and it also makes a great excuse to get out of the rain. Housed at either end of Hope Street, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King sits at the top of Mount pleasant and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (the biggest cathedral in Britain) looms over the city on St James Mount.


If you’re around Mathew Street and the heavens open, head down into the cellar of the most famous club in the world. Explore The Cavern Club and everything it has to offer, from gigs, souvenir shop, free tours and Beatles memorabilia. 


View the fantastic Liverpool skyline from the top of St John’s Beacon, home to Radio City. It’s a great way to get out of the rain and see the city from above. 



Rainy days go hand in hand with a board game session so we would recommend heading over to Sugar and Dice on Cornhill Street for a bit of friendly competition. They have more board games than you even knew existed so you can either dig out a classic or ask one of their friendly board game expert staff to pick you out a new one. It may be raining cats and dogs outside just make sure you aren’t arguing like cats and dogs inside!  


If you want to put your brains to the test then head over to Breakout Liverpool for some puzzle fun. You are locked in a room and given an hour to try to solve the clues and crack the codes to escape - a brilliant way to make sure you stay dry whilst keeping active (mentally and physically).


If you want to put a spring in your step and jump out of the rain why not head over to Spring City Trampoline Park in Brunswick for an afternoon of trampolining. Bounce about on their 49 flat bed trampolines, dodgeball, basketball lanes and a Jump Bag - it's great fun for all the family.

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If the heavens open on your trip to Liverpool then book in for a game of bowling at Lane 7. The bar and bowling alley has everything you will need to escape the rain.


For a night out with a difference when the heavens open book yourself in for a round of Ghetto Golf in the Baltic Triangle. Tee off from inside a caravan and come across loads of weird and wonderful surprises along the way; its a golf course unlike any you will have seen before. 


For more crazy golf fun, head over to Junkyard Golf Club in Liverpool ONE. Pick from either the Bozo, Gary or Pablo courses and be taken on a whirlwind golf adventure unlike any other. This is so much fun you’ll be glad it started raining!


If you’re over 18 and a fan of old school video games and arcade machines then the best place to go when the heavens open is to NQ64 on Colquitt Street. Open till late this bar turned arcade has everything from Pac-Man to Tekken, Guitar Hero and Mario Kart. Team a game with a specially themed cocktail and you’ll never want to leave. 


One of the best things to do when it rains is to head to the cinema and we have some great ones in Liverpool to settle down to a film in. Check out the Everyman Cinema for a luxury experience on your own comfy sofa; FACT for all your independent movies and Liverpool ONE’s Odeon for all the big blockbusters. Top it off with some popcorn and you've successfully avoided the rain!


The future of video gaming has arrived in Liverpool in the form of VR Here, a state of the art VR gaming arcade on Paul Street. Grab a headset and jump into the virtual world of gaming. There are even VR cars and bikes to turn your hand to a bit of racing; a perfect way to escape the rain. 


Pass the time on a rainy evening with some drinks and a couple of games with your mates. If you head to Boston Pool Loft they have loads of pool, snooker and table tennis tables alongside a bit of shuffleboard. For another option, try out Roxy Ball Room for your own table tennis tournament or a bit of beer pong. You could spend hours in these places dodging the rain!


If the bad weather gets you down then a good old laugh at Hot Water Comedy Club will sort that out. Head over to see some of the best local and touring comedians do their thing on the Hot Water stage. Loads of their shows are free too so make sure you check their listings to see what you fancy. 


For a unique shopping experience head over to the Red Brick Hangar in the Baltic Triangle. Independent traders have filled the old warehouse with a range of arts & crafts, clothes, vinyl,  and everything in between. You’ll definitely find something interesting in here.



You can't get further away from the rain if you’re underground so go behind the scenes on a tour of the famous Queensway Mersey Tunnel that was opened in 1934. You’ll learn all about the construction of the tunnel, visit the original control room and go deep below the city streets. Did you know they have also been featured in Hollywood movies?! And if it’s good enough for the A-list...

#merseytunneltour #queenswaytunnel #centralavenue

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Liverpool is a football mad city which means no trip is complete without taking a tour of either Anfield Stadium or Goodison Park. The tours are mainly inside the stadiums so it's the perfect excuse to jump out of the rain and into the home of Liverpool or Everton football clubs. 

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We don’t need an excuse to head to the Liverpool Gin Distillery but the rain gives us a good one! Not only can you try a gin from their extensive menu, you can also turn your hand to distilling your own, go on a distillery tour or take part in Bartender School. 

Come discover your inner chemist at one of our Gin Lab Experiences 🍸🙌 • "My sister bought me the Gin Making Experience to do with her for Christmas, it was excellent, made a full bottle of gin. Had 3 tasters plus a taste of our own as we bottled it. Top bloke running the class and the bar was a great atmosphere with excellent selection of gin and not overpriced. would recommend to any gin lover." - Thank you for the great review Michael Carpenter! • Find out more & book through link in bio ✨ . . . . . #liverpoolgin #distillery #distillerytour #distillerytours #distilling #ginlab #ginmaking #liverpoolgindistillery #gintasting #ginandtonic #gin #liverpool #mixology #gintour #ginmaking #tastingexperience #liverpool2019 #ginstagram #drinkstagram #ginlovers #lifestylephotography #visitliverpool #itsliverpool

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If beer is more your thing, head over to Love Lane Brewery in the Baltic Triangle for a brewery tour. You’ll be able to avoid the rain and discover the history of Love Lane beers, how they are made and then sample some afterwards as well! You’ll have so much fun in here you won’t even notice if it’s stopped raining outside!



Come rain or shine, the Baltic Market is always a great place to head for mouth watering food and musical entertainment. The street food style market is home to an ever changing list of indie food vendors, a fully stocked bar and more events than you could wish for. Top tip - the halloumi fries are incredible! 


There’s nothing better than resting your legs and sitting down to a brilliant meal when the weather is bad. We have so many restaurants, bars and cafes in Liverpool you won’t struggle trying to find something tasty to eat. Check out this blog ‘Around the World in 80 Dishes’ for a bit of inspiration. 


Sometimes all you want to do is sit back, relax and watch the world go by. There’s no better time to do this then when the heavens open and we have plenty of coffee shops to doge the rain and grab a coffee in. Check out some of the best ones HERE

The great thing about these activities is that they will be there come rain or shine so you don't just have to wait for a downpour to check them out. Let us know what you’re getting up to in our lovely British weather over on our Twitter @VisitLiverpool.

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This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 


FACT (Foundation For Art & Creative Technology)
Arts Centre
FACT (Foundation For Art & Creative Technology)

FACT will remain closed from the evening of 17 March until further notice due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. FACT is the UK’s leading organisation for commissioning and exhibiting film, video, and new media art, with galleries, cinemas, a shop, bar and café, plus FREE exhibitions and Wi-Fi.

Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool's 'Window with a View' Winner.

The Museum of Liverpool has now opened following the lockdown period. The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.

Tate Liverpool
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Tate Liverpool will be reopening on 27 July 2020 following the lockdown period.

Liverpool Cathedral
Inside the cathedral showing the impressive vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool's 'Window with a View' Winner.

The Museum of Liverpool has now opened following the lockdown period. The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.

Liverpool Central Library & Record Office
Historic Site
Liverpool Central Library & Record Office

Liverpool Record Office, housed within the Central Library, collects, preserves, and makes available archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Liverpool.

Walker Art Gallery
Sculptures within the Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery holds a stunning collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts spanning over six hundred years. Home to outstanding works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough, the Walker is also one of the finest art galleries in Europe.

The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story will re-open to the public on July 20th, 2020. The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame.

Open Eye Gallery
Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery located on Mann Island at the heart of the Liverpool Waterfront – next to the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and Albert Dock.


Due to Government guidelines regarding Covid 19 and Social distancing measures, the Mersey Tunnel Tours are currently unable to operate. We look forward to welcoming you back again when it is safe to do so.

World Museum
World Museum

In line with government recommendations, all National Museums Liverpool venues are temporarily closed to the public until further notice to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For more information please visit the National Museums Liverpool website.

Baltic Market
Cafe / Bar
The street revolution has come to Liverpool. All hail the Baltic Market this Christmas!

Liverpool's first ever street food market, Baltic Market situated on the redeveloped Caines Brewery site.

Liverpool Cathedral
Inside the cathedral showing the impressive vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

One of the city's 2 immense cathedrals, an architectural gem in its own right, with a Crypt that is one of the most significant works in this country of the leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Not to mention the world’s largest area of coloured glass in the roof of the 'crown'.

British Music Experience
British Music Experience Exhibition

The British Music Experience tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia. They've got outfits worn by artists from David Bowie to the X Factor finalists, musical instruments from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols and memorabilia from the Beatles through to Adele. You can also try the vocal booth, dance the decades or play top guitars and drums. Whatever age you are, and whatever you are into, there is something here for you.

The Bluecoat
Arts Centre
Photo credit: Brian Roberts Photography

A Grade I listed, 300 year old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, Bluecoat offers a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music, dance and family activities.

Boston Pool Loft
Both American and English Style Pool and Snooker Tables at Boston Pool Loft

The Boston Pool Loft is the place of dreams for gaming fans, serving up cool bar games and sports along with ice cold pints.

Liverpool Football Club
Sports Ground/Stadium
Liverpool Football Club

See the player’s dressing room, press room, This Is Anfield sign, tunnel, pitch, manager’s dugout and the Kop – plus much more.

Everton Football Club
Sports Ground/Stadium
Everton Football Club

For those that know their history, there is no place quite like Goodison Park.

*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* Love Lane Brewery (formerly H1780 Tap & Still)
*TEMPORARILY CLOSED* Love Lane Brewery (formerly H1780 Tap & Still)

Liverpool's newest brewery that's revived the much loved Higson's brand & distils the premium Ginsmiths of Liverpool gins. Drink or dine with a window into the heart of the distillery/brewery, all in a venue that would make the meatpacking district in New York jealous!

Red Brick Vintage
Red Brick Vintage - shopping with a twist

Not just a ginormous vintage warehouse - it's an experience. A treasure trove of whacky stuff; where you'll find everything from real traffic light fixtures to embellished overcoats fit for an emperor.

Public House/Bar

The legendary cellar that has seen seven incredible decades of music; the Cavern Club remains the beating heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene.

*Temporarily Closed* St John's Beacon (Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery Experience)
*Temporarily Closed* St John's Beacon (Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery Experience)

Radio City, one of the UK's most successful radio stations, gives you a unique opportunity to view Merseyside's ever changing skyline over 400 feet above the heart of the city centre.