Autumn is without a doubt my favourite season for a little exploration, I always think the UK looks best in it's autumn colours. This autumn is no exception, I've got little weekends away and day trips in the diary that I can't wait for. I have a few highlights I try to hit every year when autumn rolls around, so if you're looking for a little UK travel inspo, here are my favourite UK towns to visit in autumn.
I have a long standing love affair with Oxford (not least because it's where my girl Tami lives). There's something about walking the cobbled streets amongst dreaming spires that makes me oh so wistful. It's in the autumn though when Oxford really comes alive. The limestone buildings really lend themselves to the golden glow of an autumn evening, and I love watching the creeping ivy on the University buildings slowly change from green to red. Wrap up warm to get lost down alleyways and side streets, before darting into a cosy hub like Turl Street Kitchen to warm up over tea and soup.
If you have the time, stop by Blenheim Palace for a stroll, and visit Woodstock in the grounds for a spot of shopping at the cheese shop, and gourd spotting at the florists!
Unfortunately a trip to Edinburgh isn't on the cards this year, I'm fast running out of weekends for a trip to Auld Reekie, but be assured if I had the time I'd be there before you could say 'kilt wearing busker'. We vistied the first week of November last year and it was the perfect time, crisp and cold, Edinburgh's moody architecture seems like it was built for dark nights and cold days. We explored the old town, warmed up in coffee shops, and even did a spot of early Christmas shopping too, it's the perfect spot for it!
Quite possibly one of my favourite places in the UK, it should be a crime to NOT visit Westonbirt in the autumn. My childhood is full of memories of autumn days spent exploring the arboretum with a carrier bag in hand, a nature scavenger hunt underway. You'll find the most beautiful autumnal foliage in the country within this park, there's nowhere else quite like it.
Having seen it in every season I confirm Winchester is at it's best in autumn. It's all red brick and autumnal foliage, I love the ivy wrapped buildings, and sitting in the cathedral grounds watching the leaves full. Winchester is full of cosy coffee shops and pubs to shelter from the weather in, but I recommend filling a flask with hot coffee, taking a blanket and a book, and lazing outside wrapped up warm, watching the world go by.
I have a soft spot for Brockenhurst, it's where I went to college, where Con and I started dating, and where I spent the best part of two years of my life. It comes alive in the autumn, and there's nothing quite like picking up a picnic lunch from the bakery, and heading out rambling amongst the horses and cattle, lunching amongst the heather, spotting buildings like the gatehouse, before heading to The Pig for dinner shared over a bottle of wine in the conservatory. It's quite possibly my favourite place on earth, and you can bet any spare time this season will be spent there.
Autumn is the perfect time to explore a little closer to home, and I for one can't wait to get out and about a bit more this season!
Where do you love to visit in the autumn?