Top 10 places to see autumn colours in the UK

Lake District Scenery
The Lake District at autumn-time. Credit: Emphyrio on Pixabay

Marvel at our top 10 picks for places where you can see beautiful autumn colours throughout the UK

Autumn in the UK means long walks through the fields and forests, admiring the myriad colours of the leaves as they fall. These are our top 10 picks for places where you can see beautiful autumn colours in all their glory.

Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire

Stourhead House and Gardens, first opened in the 1740s, offers the perfect day out. With 2,650 acres of natural surroundings, including ancient woods, chalk downs, and farmland, Stourhead really comes alive in the autumn season. Enjoy the myriad colours of the woodlands on the King Alfred’s Tower walk, alongside temples, grottos, and stunning Palladian architecture.

Stourhead at Autumn
Stourhead Gardens. Credit: Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Read more about Stourhead House here.


This masterpiece of Gothic medieval architecture sits on the banks of the River Wye, framed by ancient woodland which comes ablaze with colour in the months of autumn. Take a stroll through this fairy-tale setting as the leaves fall around you, and marvel at the magic of these ruins and the valley beyond.

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Tintern Abbey. Credit: Barry Hingston on Pixabay

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Located high in the hills of the Lake District, Dove Crag offers a breath-taking view over the forests below, in particular the juniper and birch trees which light up in spectacular shades of orange and red in the autumn season. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the coast.

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The Lake District at autumn-time. Credit: Emphyrio on Pixabay

Read more about Dove Crag here.


Described as ‘Worcestershire’s Hidden Garden’, the carefully landscaped Bodenham Arboretum is home to over 3000 species of trees and shrubs from across the world which particularly come alive at autumn. Take a stroll through this tranquil oasis and soak in the mesmerising colours around you.

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A forest filled with autumn colours. Credit: Vanessa on Unsplash

Read more about Bodenham Arboretum here.


One of the top canals for wildlife in the country, and home to three Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Pocklington Canal is ideal for wildlife-enthusiasts. Visit in October or November, when the peaceful waters of the canal reflect the fiery colours of the trees that frame its pathways.

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Canal in Autumn. Credit: Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

Read more about Pocklington Canal here.


With opportunities to explore the forest on foot, bicycle, or even horseback, Grizedale Forest is perfect for those seeking a more active autumnal adventure. A unique feature of this forest is its artwork – Grizedale contains a collection of unique sculptures by different international artists, who used locally-sourced, natural materials to blend their work seamlessly with the natural surroundings.

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Cycling through Grizedale Forest. Credit: Benjamin Huggett on Unsplash

Read more about Grizedale Forest here.


Often referred to as the ‘prettiest village in England’, Castle Combe is a place of quaint streets, traditional pubs, and quintessential Cotswold cottages. Visit in autumn to witness the ivy creeping up stone buildings turn red, framing the windows of the buildings lit by the warm of glow of fires from within.

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Castle Combe in the Autumn. Credit: Ivy Barn on Unsplash

Read more about Castle Combe here.


Nothing screams autumn more than Halloween, so this year visit St. Mary’s Vale in Wales to get into the spooky spirit of the season. Trees with twisted, gnarled trunks sit on a carpet of blood-red leaves, painting a scene reminiscent of a Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. Ascend the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of the rugged wilderness below.

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The autumn trees are reminiscent of Halloween. Credit: Pete on Pixabay

Read more about St. Mary’s Vale here.


Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, near four of the five highest mountains in the UK, Mar Lodge Estate is framed by some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. Visit at autumn-time to witness the epic transformation of the landscape into myriad hues of orange and red.

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The dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Credit: Remy Boulton on Unsplash

Read more about Mar Lodge Estate here.


You might know this stately home by a different name – Pemberley, the residence of Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice. It’s no wonder the filmmakers chose this excellent example of English Baroque architecture to feature in the iconic film – aside from the stunning house itself, the surrounding gardens are absolutely idyllic, and make for the perfect autumnal stroll when the house is framed by dramatic hues of auburn and gold.

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The stately home featured in the film. Credit: Radosław on Pixabay

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