The Best British Places to Visit in September

As Summer slowly merges into Autumn, parts of the British countryside come alive with colour. Here are a few places that we think are particularly spectacular in the autumn

Keswick, Lake District

Nestled within the craggy mountains of The Lake District is the bustling market town of Keswick. The town offers many traditional British pubs, top class restaurants and quirky shops, while still retaining its quaint, traditional feel.

Running adjacent to Keswick is Derwentwater, one of the region’s stunning lakes. Dotted along the lake are piers for Derwentwater’s ‘launches’: boats that ferry passengers up and down the lake.

Ashness Jetty on Derwent water. Credit: Visit England/Alex Hare

A great viewpoint to see Derwentwater from is Friar’s Crag. It is incredibly easy to access, just a short walk from Keswick, and provides stunning views across Derwentwater. There’s great walking territory at nearby Buttermere, Haystacks and, for more adventurous explorers, a climb to the top of Cat Bells.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, is an incredible place, enriched with art, history and the astonishing beauty of the surrounding landscape. As autumn progresses and the leaves begin to turn, Chatsworth’s honey-coloured stone facade looks more splendid than ever.

Chatsworth Estate. Credit: VisitEngland/Rich J Jones

From the 22nd to the 24th of September, Chatsworth hosts the Chatsworth House Festival. The Festival, officially named Art Out Loud, is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for art, and will host special guests from the worlds of art, design and architecture.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct was constructed in 1897 and is situated in a spectacular part of the Scottish Highlands. Most famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films, the viaduct is part of a train line running from Fort William to Mallaig.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct. Credit: VisitBritain/Guy Richardson

As the leaves begin to turn, the glorious landscape of Glenfinnan glows with soft oranges and rusty reds. The rich colours of the landscape are intensified and brilliantly contrasted with the cool hues of Loch Shiel: a landscape that can be enjoyed with the background noise of the steam train as it glides across the viaduct and through the valley.