Best Places to Visit in the UK in October

1October 2021

There’s no doubt about it, Autumn in the UK is a stunning time of year. The changing of the seasons, green turning to golden brown, the gentle sun with a hint of chill in the afternoon all gives rise to some magical days out and weekends away before winter sets in.

This is a lovely time of year to go exploring the UK, so let Jones Executive Coach Hire Manchester offer you a little inspiration to get out and about and discover for yourself some of the best places to visit in the UK in October with 5 great ideas.

Beach Huts on the Pier in Hastings
A view of beach huts on the pier in Hastings, East Sussex on a sunny October day

So where are some of the best places to visit in the UK in October?

1-Whitby – North Yorkshire

Whitby Harbour and Abbey
Whitby harbour with the abbey in the background.

The seaside harbour town of Whitby in North Yorkshire evolved from the building of the famous Abbey around 657. Whitby Abbey is one of the most  dramatic ruins in Britain. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the harbour it is visible for miles around. Famed for being the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, it is now the spiritual home for the Goth movement who flock in their thousands to visit and attend the many festivals and events held throughout the year.

In October you can witness the Halloween light show at the Abbey and enjoy the story of Dracula acted out against the its eerie backdrop. What better way to experience the end of October and celebrate All Hallows Eve

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2- Rutting Stags in the Highlands

Rutting Stags in the Highlands
Highland stags rutting at dawn in Scotland.

Early October is the most amazing time of year to visit the Highlands of Scotland. Not only can you be in awe of the majesty and beauty of the countryside, lochs and changing colours, you can witness the sights and sounds of mighty stags rutting at dawn.

The Highlands are home to three main species of deer, being the Red Deer, Sika deer and Fallow Deer, which can frequently be seen and heard battling it out with each other to gain mastery and ultimately have their choice of mates.

3- Nottingham and Sherwood Forest.

ye olde trip to Jerusalem public house, Nottingham
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. One of the oldest pubs in England.

Located in the East Midlands, Nottingham is another one of the best places to visit in the UK in October. This underrated city and tourist destination is home to Sherwood Forest, historic castles and and ancient streets.

Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood the famous outlaw. It is also famed for lace-making and bicycle manufacturing (notably Raleigh bikes), along with the tobacco industries. It was granted its city charter in 1897, as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

If you enjoy historic buildings then no trip to Nottingham would be complete without a visit to one of England’s oldest pubs, the famous Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

Nottingham is worth a visit at any time of the year, but October with the leaves changing colour and falling, it is definitely worth a visit.

4- The Cotswolds.

A row of cottages in Lower Slaughter, The Cotswolds, England
A row of cottages in Lower Slaughter, the Cotswolds, England.

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966, the Cotswolds covers 787 square miles (2,038 km2). After the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks, it is the third largest protected landscape in England.

The Cotswolds is a beautiful area to visit at any time of the year, but again it is one of the best and prettiest areas to visit in the UK in October. With village names like Lower Slaughter, Painswick and the town of Chipping Campden, which is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th century, why would you not want to visit?

As well as its’ outstanding beauty, the Cotswolds is famed for its golden yellow limestone which adorns the facades of many gracious and regal buildings throughout the world.

Rich in fossils from the Jurassic period, it comes from a unique and rare formation that gives the rock its treasured colours.

5- The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

a stone river bridge in Swaledale, The Yorkshire Dales
A stone bridge in Swaledale, The Yorkshire Dales, England.

Another area of outstanding national beauty, the Yorkshire Dales really does have something for everybody.

From rock climbing, to cave exploring there really is no shortage of things to do, places to visit, and areas of outstanding beauty, history, and general interest.

Reaching East from the peaks of the Pennine Hills, the Dales comprise of river valleys and hills that stretch across the Vale of York eastwards over the North Yorkshire Moors to the coastline of Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.

The extensive limestone cave systems are a major area for caving in the UK and there are countless walking trails running through the hills and dales suitable for experienced ramblers and occasional walkers alike.

The majesty of the UK in autumn.

Of course, this is only a tiny representation of the different areas available to explore in the UK, and we haven’t even touched upon Wales, Ireland, or the many islands that surround our coastline.

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