Top 10 Autumn Road Trip Destinations in the UK

Autumn Road Trip

There’s no need to leave the shores of the UK in search of adventure and beauty! As summer draws to a close and autumn begins to colour the land orange and yellow, here are our top road trip destinations you should visit this Autumn.

The New Forest – Hampshire

  • Stunning scenery and roaming wildlife to admire on long walks or bike rides.
  • A plethora of cosy towns including Lyndhurst, Beaulieu and Brockenhurst.
  • Delicious local food to sample and homely pubs to have a well-deserved drink – or two!

There’s so much to do in the New Forest, it’s hard to pack it all into a single day or even a weekend! Particular highlights for a road trip include the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Marwell Zoo, (technically in the South Downs, but nearby) or Exbury Gardens, including a miniature steam railway.  

Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath – Wiltshire and Somerset

  • An early morning visit to marvel at Stonehenge’s awesome power will start the road trip off right!
  • Salisbury Cathedral and town market offer a gentle and relaxing afternoon in the heart of Wiltshire. 
  • The perfect blend of history and culture awaits in Bath with the Roman Baths, Jane Austen’s house and Sally Lunn’s buns all popular.

You could squeeze everything into a single day, but the charm of Bath and Salisbury are both best experienced over a longer period. The glory of Stonehenge is best seen either early in the morning or late in the evening of your road trip – just you and the power of the stones.

Greenwich, Oxford and Cambridge – London, Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire

  • Greenwich Park is an ideal place to relax on your road trip and watch Autumn in action as the colours change and deer wander freely.
  • The nearby market offers delicious, warming cuisine for chilly Autumn days.
  • Both historic university cities are a short drive away from London, offering style and suave to a weekend away. 

It’s worth allocating at least a weekend to fully appreciate all that Oxford and Cambridge have to offer besides the historic cradles of education that are their respective universities. However, visiting either city alongside Greenwich would also make for a lovely day out.

Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond – Scotland

  • For every aspiring King, Queen, Knight or Dragon there are castles galore to explore in the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
  • Miles of unspoilt rugged beauty makes it perfect walking country.
  • Further south, Loch Lomond National Park offers a range of activities as well as more secluded walking and cycling tracks.

This is truly nature at its finest and most brutal. The Highlands are the go-to place for keen ramblers willing to test themselves against the elements – responsibly of course. If you’re looking to get away from it all this Autumn, rural Scotland is the ideal place for you!

Snowdonia – Wales

  • A perfect family retreat no matter what the weather – why not make a week of it during half-term?
  • Boasts the longest underground zip-wire course in the world. As well as, trampolining for all ages if the autumnal weather takes a turn.
  • If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take on the Bear Grylls Survival course or the Tree Top Adventure.

It is almost impossible not to spend an extended period in the heart of Snowdonia, with so much to see and do. Set up base centrally and then branch off, exploring the rural expanses and urban centres the cradle of Wales has to offer. The unique charm of the quaint village of Portmeirion is a must-see.

The Sperrin Mountains – Northern Ireland

The Sperrin Mountains - Northern Ireland Autumn Road Trip Destination
  • Named one of the top 101 driving roads in the world by National Geographic, thanks in part to the beautiful scenery.
  • Myth, legends, history, urban and rural attractions – what more could you want?
  • If that isn’t enough, Belfast is a short hop away – home to George Best and the Titanic workshop.

The glory of Northern Ireland is as varied as it is beautiful and is certainly worth exploring this Autumn as the colours bring the stunning scenery to life even more. With four driving routes to explore, the hardest decision would be: where to begin?

Cornwall

Cornwall Autumn Road Trip Destionation
  • No better time to view the breathtaking scenery made so famous by Poldark than during Autumn.
  • A long walk along the coast can be improved by a hearty Cornish Pasty!
  • So many places to visit – Poldarks, Land’s End and the port of Padstow are just three places packed with activities to keep you busy this Autumn.

Cornwall’s scenic vistas take on a whole new level with the dawning of Autumn and there’s just so much to see, do, and try, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Make sure to try the fresh fish and creamy Cornish Brie alongside the piping hot pasties once enjoyed by the Tin miners who made this county famous.

Canterbury – Kent

Canterbury Cathedral Autumn Road Trip Destination
  • A beautiful city with a rich history centred around the awe-inspiring Cathedral.
  • Indulge in cuisine and culture with a meal and then a night out at the theatre.
  • A particular Autumn highlight is the three-week-long Autumn Festival, drawing together music, comedy, science and so much more besides.

There’s so much to pack into a day, it’ll be non-stop from start to finish. If you can’t spend all day in Canterbury, make sure to at least check out the interactive Canterbury Tales museum, based off of Chaucer’s epic and the imposing Cathedral, steeped in religious and political history.

Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast – Dorset

Durdle Door Autumn Road Trip Destination
  • Prehistoric beauty sprawled across the Dorset coastline and the best place to go fossil hunting in the UK.
  • There are always dinosaur goodies for the kids to find and prehistoric history to explore in a range of museums.
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door make for a charming day out – even with the crisp Autumnal winds blowing off of the sea.

Just as good as in the Summer, the main bonus of visiting the beautiful Jurassic Coast in Autumn is how much quieter it will be. Don’t be afraid to wrap up warm and take the bracing walk between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door or go on the hunt for fossils – all before a tasty fish-n-chip supper.

Lake District National Park – Cumbria

Lake District Autumn Road Trip Destination
  • With a wide range of landscapes to explore, you’ll see the inspirations of the great romantic poets such as Wordsworth.
  • The charming historic towns of Kendal and Keswick aren’t far away and offer plenty to explore.
  • And who could forget the beautiful Lakes for which this area gets its name? Make sure to visit Lake Windermere in particular, perhaps with a picnic in tow?  

What a beautiful place to visit! The Lake District sparkles all year round, but the colours of Autumn take it to another level. Also, there’s no shortage of things to do, whether it’s in one of the towns or wandering through the woods and around the lakes.

If there’s an idyllic Autumn road trip destination we’ve missed, let us know in the comments below! 


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Drew Hickman

Drew Hickman

Drew works for BookMyGarage writing blogs, website content and almost everything else in between. He works closely with ex-mechanics and subject matter experts. When he’s not helping you save money on running your car or making your driving life easier, he can be found either with his head in a book or with a golf club in his hands (usually looking for his ball in the woods)

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