Autumn is here, and I can’t wait for the next few months to bring pretty foliage and lots of color. England bursts with bright leaves and harvest hues this time of year, and I always attempt to travel to as many of my favorite fall destinations as possible. If you’re up for experiencing the best of the season, today I bring you 5 autumn day trips from London.
Autumn Day Trips from London
You can do any day trip from London in the autumn, but there are some that are worth focusing on at this time of year.
I’ve taken all these trips, so I can recommend them from firsthand experience. There’s more about day trips in the beautiful book Escape London: Days Out within Easy Reach of London. You can get it here.
1. Warwick Castle
I once took a day trip to Warwick Castle in late October. The castle was less crowded than in the summer months, and I loved the way the autumn leaves lit up in the sunshine when I explored the grounds. There were a lot of grounds to discover, too, which meant that it was a good time to see the seasonal colors.
2. St Albans
One of the closest day trips from London, St Albans is just a 20-minute train ride from the capital. That means it’s easy to maximize daylight hours in the late autumn, when darkness sets in around 4pm. Add to that a wealth of walking paths and parks full of autumn foliage, and it’s a great place to soak up the season.
3. Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is another great autumn day trip from London. Like St Albans, it’s close to the city and a perfect place to travel when daylight hours are limited. Add to that the importance of the castle as a residence of the Queen, and it’s a great choice for a day out.
4. New Forest
I know I included the New Forest on my list of winter day trips from London, but it also deserves a place on the autumn list. That’s because the New Forest is spectacular at this time of year. The foliage is bright and beautiful, and there are few places I’ve traveled in England that rival it during the season.
Speaking of great fall colors, Kent is an ideal place to visit during harvest time. Not only do the wineries look lovely with their leaves and grapes, but the apple orchards are also bursting with life. Add to that the prospect of wine and cider tasting, and Kent becomes the perfect place to go in autumn.
These 5 day trips represent a sample of the places you can travel near London in autumn. If you’re like me and love autumn colors, they’re great choices this season.
Have you been on any autumn day trips from London? Where did you go?
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