Where to See Autumn Leaves in the UK

Top spots to witness autumn foilage in the UK include the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland
Top spots to witness autumn foilage in the UK include the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland | © Jane Rix / Alamy Stock Photo

There’s something about autumn that feels magical. The sight of leaves changing colours – the warm golds and browns on the trees and the ground – is one we look forward to. So where can you best enjoy the spectacle in the UK this year? Culture Trip rounds up the top places for those autumnal vibes – from the Lake District to the banks of Loch Lomond.

Borrowdale, Lake District, England

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Borrowdale Lake District UK. Image shot 2001. Exact date unknown.
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The wooded valley of Borrowdale is one of Cumbria’s most beautiful areas come autumn. This dense forest of trees turns a riot of reds, oranges, yellows and purples as mid-October rolls in. Plan to walk up to the Castle Crag hill to catch a glimpse of the display from above.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk, England

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The Parterre Garden at Blickling Estate, Norfolk. Blickling is a turreted red-brick Jacobean mansion, sitting within beautiful gardens and parkland.
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In Norfolk, in the east of England, head to the grounds of Blickling Estate to see oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees turn golden brown, red and orange as late September arrives. This stately home, which has been in the care of the National Trust since 1940, covers almost 5,000 acres (2,023ha) of land – of which 500 acres (202ha) are woodland and can be explored on numerous trails.

Croome Court, The Midlands, England

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Head to south Worcestershire in the Midlands to reach Croome Court, where beech trees, oriental plane trees and large horse chestnuts trees turn a glorious burnt hue by October. A popular walk to see this display begins at Croome Court’s Visitor Centre and lasts around two hours.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, England

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Acer Grove in Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, UK
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, which is about 4mi (6km) from Tetbury in Gloustershire, is known for having one of the most wonderful fall foliage displays in the UK. Between October and mid-November, you’ll discover gold and red leaves from more than 2,500 native and exotic tree species, like paperbark maple, incense cedars and Scots pine. Tickets to the arboretum cost £7.

Castle Coole, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

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Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, is dubbed “one of the greatest neo-classical country houses in Ireland”, with its surrounding land considered an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is here you can revel in the warm, golden hues of autumn – taking the Beech Trail, past the golden beech trees, before tracing its Lake Walk Trail.

Allen Banks, Northumberland, England

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Allen Banks, Northumberland
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For the best of autumn in North East England, Allen Banks and its 50-minute-long ancient woodland walk, called the Allen Banks Morralee Tarn walk, should be on the itinerary. Time your visit right around October and see beech and oak trees in yellows, oranges, reds and browns – and perhaps spot woodland creatures preparing to hibernate.

Powis Castle, Welshpool, Wales

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Powis Castle, Powys, Wales, UK
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Built around 1200, Powis Castle is a medieval castle set on a spectacular garden. “As the cooler air arrives,” writes the National Trust, “see the garden come alive in a dazzling array of reds, yellows, burnt oranges and golds.” The best way to do it is on an easy 2mi (3km) long walk around its multi-layered garden, within which you’ll discover 100-year-old apple trees and red, orange and yellow-tinged sumac tees.

Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Wales

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British seasons - Autumn in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
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On the border of England and Wales sits an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty called the Wye Valley. The whole area is breathtaking in the autumn months, but it is the Forest of Dean, in the village of St Briavels, that is a must-visit during October for its red, orange and yellow leaves.
These recommendations were updated on April 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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