Come Rain or Shine! Things to Do in Wales in All Weather

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Looking for a rainy day activity in north Wales? You’ll want to head to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Snowdonia. On a wet day you can descend from the surface into the caverns below, donning a headlamp and journeying 500 metres down to explore the atmospheric depths. Enhanced with lighting, projections and even some special effects, this walking tour will leave you well-versed in the history of slate mining.

Even on bright, sunny days a trip to these slate caverns won’t disappoint. Take the Slate Mountain Adventure and you’ll enjoy a tour of the quarry on the surface. With the right visibility, you’ll be able to spot impressive sights such as Harlech Castle and the Snowdon Horseshoe!

Bounce Below Llechwedd Slate Caverns Blaenau Ffestiniog Gwynedd © Crown copyright (2019) Visit Wales

National Museum Cardiff

There are countless things to do and see in our beautiful capital, but one of our favourite rainy day activities has to be a visit to the National Museum. This kid-friendly gallery and museum is packed with excellent exhibits, including The Evolution of Wales, which tells the story of our nation from its beginnings millions of years ago – and brings you face to face with dinosaurs and woolly mammoths.

The museum also boasts a vast collection of European art, including paintings by Van Gogh and Monet. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of Welsh artworks from the likes of Thomas Jones.

And if the sun comes out, you can finish up your visit with a stroll through the neighbouring Gorsedd Gardens.

National Museum Wales Cardiff © Crown copyright (2019) Visit Wales

Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth

What better way to experience the beautiful landscapes of Wales than by railway? Head to Aberystwyth and you can hop on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, travelling by steam train through the wooded hills of Capel Bangor and Aberffrwd, before reaching your final destination: Devil’s Bridge.

In the summer months you can enjoy sitting in the open air, but at this time of year all the beauty of the Rheidol Valley can be enjoyed from the warmth of a comfortable closed carriage.

Weather permitting, you can enjoy a scenic walk once you arrive in Devil’s Bridge, climbing up to the viewing platform that overlooks these famous waterfalls.

Vale of Rheidol Railway © Crown copyright (2019) Visit Wales

St Davids Cathedral

At the end of the 6th century the legendary Welsh Saint David died, leaving behind a monastic community. Where David’s original monastery stood, this magnificent cathedral was later built, with work reaching completion in the middle of the 13th century, although further changes were made over the following centuries. Today, St Davids is one of the most significant religious sites in Wales, and a key attraction for the Pembrokeshire region (particularly on rainy days).

Pay a visit here to marvel at centuries-old architecture, visit the ancient library and the shrine of St David himself, and even view work from local Pembrokeshire artists in the Cloisters Gallery.

With pubs, restaurants, shops and coastal walks nearby, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip – no matter what the weather.

St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire © Crown copyright (2019) Visit Wales