Picking where to go on a next holiday? There are a number of Autumn holiday destinations in the UK and Europe that should be considered, with the aim of finding somewhere that isn’t too far to travel to, and can be enjoyed over a weekend or a longer week during half term with family. At the same time, it’s also important to think about sampling the end of the British summer before the weather gets too cold, while looking abroad to find some end of year destinations that can provide an excellent break. Some of these destinations are listed below, and range from the quiet relaxation of the Channel Islands to the appeal of Cyprus, the New Forest, Kew Gardens, and Cornwall.
These tiny islands sit between the South Coast of England and France, and are characterised by their warm weather, their historical landmarks, and by their ideal placement for a quiet cottage weekend and walking holiday. Also ideal for children, the three main islands of Jersey, Guernsey, and Alderney can be visited individually, or can be crossed between to take in attractions such as Norman Castles, sandy beaches and landmarks like St. Brelade’s and the Corbiere Lighthouse on Jersey. The islands are also home to small parishes, underground wartime tunnels, and unique attractions like Elizabeth Castle on St. Helier, and Hauteville House on Guernsey, once home to the Les Miserables author Victor Hugo.
The New Forest
Close to Southampton and Bournemouth on the South Coast of England, the New Forest can be enjoyed through day trips from nearby towns like Lyndhurst, Totton, Beaulieu, and Lymington. The Forest has long been designated as an area of natural beauty, and as a conservation space for British wildlife and plants. The New Forest is ideal for weekend trips, with attractions including a Wildlife Park, the chance to see rare plants and birds, and the opportunity to stay in small villages and hamlets around the Forest itself.
If you do want to make a quick visit over to Europe this Autumn, then it’s worth considering Cyprus. The Mediterranean island is distinguished by its temperate climate, and by its range of archaeological sites. With the capital Nicosia divided between Cypriot and Turkish areas, accommodation can be found around the island’s attractive coastline. More adventurous visitors can also make a trip to the clubbing centre of Ayia Napa. Other attractions include the Troodos mountains, and the ancient sites of Kourin and Salamis, as well as the Pafos Mosaics.
An Autumn trip to London can be made a bit less fast paced by taking the time to visit Kew Gardens, one of the best Autumn destinations within easy reach of the capital. Kew Gardens in Richmond, only a 20 minute train ride from the Centre of London, covers a 300 acre site of walled gardens, exotic plants, and rare specimens. The park contains a herbarium, as well as an Alpine house with rare plants, and Japanese style buildings hosting unusual fauna. The Gardens are also home to wildlife, art galleries, and the Nash Conservatory, as well as Kew Palace.
Ideal if you want to enjoy the British Autumn, Cornwall in the South West of England offers miles of coastline and small towns, inland villages and cottages, and a laidback atmosphere. The county can be explored via attractions like Tintagel Castle and the Eden Project, as well as through surfing holidays in Newquay, and through the artist’s colony and galleries of St. Ives. Cornwall is also an excellent place to visit during Autumn for its many protected gardens, which include Trebah Gardens in Falmouth, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in St. Austell.