23 Sep

Written by Kristin on September 23, 2011

 

With the autumnal equinox today, we can officially celebrate the autumn season, and for many that means taking a short break to enjoy the crisp weather and changing leaves. If you’re looking to get away but can’t afford an elaborate holiday, we have some closer-to-home ideas for you.

Getting there

Find discounted train tickets at Thetrainline and leave the stress of driving (and the cost of petrol) behind. If hitting the road is really more your thing, look for special autumn car hire deals; most car hire companies offer promotions this time of year for weekend breaks.

Accommodations

Bidding on a hotel room at a site like Hotwire means you could get a four-star room for the cost of a three-star, as long as you don’t mind not knowing the hotel name in advance. If you’re the outdoorsy type, try camping to save money and enjoy the autumn weather at the same time.

Destinations

Bath: There’s more to do than just explore the ancient Roman bathhouses and ruins; check out the exquisite architecture of Bath cathedral, take a boat trip or learn about Jane Austen and her novels set in this vibrant city.

Legoland UK: If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, Legoland theme park is the perfect escape. Since it’s located in Windsor, you can add some history into the weekend as well by visiting the castle and enjoying the quaint town of Eton nearby.

Oxford: Besides exploring the world-renowned university, Oxford offers visitors a wealth of activities. Visit the Botanic Garden, hire a boat from The Cherwell Boathouse, take a walking tour or visit one of the city’s fantastic museums.

Tetbury: If leaf-peeping is high on your list, visit Westonbirt Arboretum and ramble through 600 acres of gorgeous colours. Whilst you’re there, enjoy the  historic Cotswolds town of Tetbury, full of charming B&Bs, inns and antiques shops.

The Lake District: Whether you want to hike, fish, kayak, shop for arts and crafts or just sit by a roaring fire with a glass of wine, the Lake District is a stunning place for an autumn break.

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