Rainy Days!

Rainy Days!

Occasionally we have the odd rainy day in Scotland, believe it or not, so we have put together some suggestions for things to do.

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland in EdinburghVisitScotland / Jakub Iwanicki,

Entry is free , although there are some parts where you may have to pay. You could spend the whole day here and there are different events or exhibitions on throughout the year. During August some of the exhibitions you can see are:

The Tomb:

Ancient Egyptian Burial - The Tomb presents the story of a tomb which was built around 1290BC and reused for over 1000 years. Lots of beautiful objects from various eras are on display together with objects found in nearby tombs. This shows how the burial of ancient Egypt changed over time.

Where: Exhibition Gallery 2, on Level 3

The Galloway Hoard

Unique and rare Viking age objects which lay hidden for over a thousand years. The Hoard takes you back to the beginning of the 10th Century which was an important time in the development of the nations of Scotland, England and Ireland.

Where: Grand Gallery, on Level 1

August Themed Tours

These take place every day during August at 3.00 pm daily. There is a different theme each day. Have a look at their calendar here for the different topics. Some of which are:

  • The Jacobite Risings
  • SupernaturalScotland
  • The Technology of Fashion
  • The Vikings in Scotland
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Animals and People in the Arctic
  • From Body Snatchers to Body Scans
  • Man, Sun, Moon and Stars

Where: Meet the Guide at the Tour Meeting Point, EntranceHall, Level 0

For more information to help plan your visit have a look here.

Edinburgh Zoo

Giant Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo

The Zoo might not seem the best idea on a rainy day but there are lots of things to see and do which are inside. There are 82 acres of sloping parkland and over 1000 rare and endangered animals. There are 11 in door animal housing areas and 6 sheltered observation areas, so you should be able to dodge the showers!

If you would like to see the Giant Pandas it is best to book in advance.

For more information about Edinburgh Zoo have a look here.

Edinburgh ZooVisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved


There are lots of swimming pools in East Lothian and the Scottish Borders but these are two of our favourites.

Dunbar Swimming Pool

Dunbar Leisure Centre

Not just a swimming pool! It is a centre for aquatic fun for all the family. It has a beached area with water characters for younger children to play on, as well as a wave machine, water jets and flume. For more information have a look at their website.

Haddington Swimming Pool

Two swimming pools here. One is the standard 25 metre pool and the other is a dedicated children's pool with a depth of up to 0.7m. There opening times are here.

Whilst in Haddington?

Jabberwocky Cafe

Whilst in Haddington, there is an excellent library. Great for children to spend time browsing through the extensive children's books. There is also a lovely 5 star museum - John Gray Centre Museum - which tells stories from across the region and displays many unique objects.

Pop into the Jabberwocky Cafe for coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. It has a great soft play area with a dragon play structure. For more information have a look at their website

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