September can be a fantastic time to get away, with kids back at school you’ll be blessed with fewer crowds, lovely late summer weather and most importantly; no extortionate peak season prices!
If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to travel far to create amazing memories. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the country! The amount of UK holiday destinations on offer will leave you spoilt for choice and wherever you decide you’ll be in for a staycation to remember.
So why not take advantage of this stress-free travel month and discover somewhere new this September. Whether you’re going away with friends, family or your partner, we’ve got you covered. With locations ranging from dramatic national parks to quaint towns and villages you’ll be sure to find the perfect place for your staycation.
Here’s our list of the best UK Holiday Destinations to Visit this September.
1. The Lake District, England
Being England’s largest national park, the Lake District certainly has lots to offer making it one of the best UK holiday destinations you can visit this September. Famed for its towering fells and mighty lakes, the Lake District is home to England’s tallest mountain (Scafell Pike) and deepest lake (Wastwater). Whether you’re after the satisfaction that comes from bagging a Lakeland fell or the adrenaline rush that comes from watersports, The Lakes will satisfy your needs.
But don’t worry if the outdoors isn’t really your thing, The Lakes is home to many luxurious spa retreats in some surreal settings. Meaning you can kick back and unwind while still experiencing the outdoors.
Read more about some of the spas the Lake District has to offer here.
2. Windsor, England
Located just off the outskirts of London, Windsor is a quaint town on the River Thames filled with history. Mainly owing to the fact it’s home to the Queen of England who now permanently resides in the impressive Windsor Castle. This historic landmark holds the crown for the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world!
Tours are available all year round so be sure to get yourself booked in to explore the iconic St George’s Chapel and State Apartments.
Once you’ve finished inside, talk a stroll down the beautiful 2.6-mile tree lined ‘Long Walk’. Originally built by King Charles II in 1685, The Long Walk and Deer Park is a dead straight avenue connecting the castle with Windsor Great Park and is home to 500 freely roaming deer.
3. The Yorkshire Dales, England
England’s land doesn’t come much greener and pleasanter than Yorkshire’s gently sloping valleys and rushing rivers that the Yorkshire Dales National Park has to offer. Filled with spectacular geological features such as Malham Cove and Aysgarth Falls (the latter featuring in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), the Yorkshire Dales offers many natural attractions to explore during your holiday.
If the weather happens to be a bit rainy during your stay (which it often can be!), then take a trip to the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre in Hawes to taste the iconic Wensleydale cheese directly from the source.
4. Dorset, England
There is perhaps no county in the UK that has such a high concentration of things to see and do as Dorset. Its main attraction is undoubtedly its dramatic Jurassic Coastline, with its excellent beaches and towering cliffs, along with famous natural landmarks like Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. This section of the coast is a geographer’s dream!
Hotels in Dorset include some beautifully situated country houses, not to mention boutique hotel options in Bournemouth and a stock of cosy yet contemporary B&Bs. Dorset also has a good offering of holiday cottages and self-catering options making Dorset one of the best UK holiday destinations to visit.
5. Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful corners of Wales, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is packed with wide stretches of beaches, quaint seaside villages, and even its own resident walrus! The 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path hugs the coastline for almost the entire distance of the county, making for some idyllic coastal walks.
There is also plenty of sea activity: kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, white water rides, or even boat trips to the island nature reserves of Ramsey and Skomer, with the chance to spot whales, dolphins, puffins, and seals!
Famed with being Britain’s smallest city, St Davids is the perfect place to stay while visiting the Pembrokeshire Coast. With the ‘village-sized-city’ being located right on the coastline, if you can’t see the sea from your hotel, you’ll most certainly be able to hear it!
6. Norfolk, England
Norfolk is a county with a fantastic mix of things to do. The long North Norfolk Coast is perfect for short seaside breaks and has a great selection of seaside pubs with rooms and boutique hotels, while inland you’ll find the compact city of Norwich, and, to the east, the scenic network of rivers and lakes that makes up the Norfolk Broads. This unique national park contains 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways (that’s more than Venice and Amsterdam combined) making it ideal for those wanting to explore the local pubs and windmills by boat.
Venture into the city centre of Norwich to wander around the medieval cobbled lanes and narrow alleys and be sure to check out the stunning Norwich cathedral.
7. The Scottish Highlands, Scotland
The Scottish Highlands might just be the most beautiful and dramatic landscape the UK has to offer. This vast area of countryside contains; the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest national park; Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain; and Loch Ness, the largest body of water by volume in the UK (it actually contains more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined!). But the Highland’s claims to fame don’t stop there. You might recognise the impressive Glenfinnan viaduct from the Hogwarts Express chugging along its 21 arches in the iconic Harry Potter films.
To call the Highlands big would be a slight understatement. At 30,659km², the area is roughly the same size as Belgium and with just over 235,000 people occupying the area, the Highlands is one of the most sparsely populated landscapes in Europe. This means you won’t struggle finding a quiet spot to pitch your tent should you decide to do some wild camping (which is perfectly legal in Scotland!).
8. Cornwall, England
If you’re after a dose of sunshine and lush white beaches but don’t fancy the cost of travelling abroad, then look no further than the south westerly coasts that Cornwall has to offer. By travelling in September, you’ll avoid the overcrowded beaches and towns making for a truly relaxing stay.
But don’t get too relaxed, you can’t go to Cornwall without trying your hand at some surfing!
The Cornish waves are certainly synonymous with surfers, and not just the local ones either, Cornwall has hosted some of the biggest surfing competitions in Europe!
Read more about some of Cornwall’s beaches here (Kynance Cove has got to be our favourite).
Once you’ve completed all of beaches, don’t worry, you can use this time to visit one of Cornwall’s many attractions. From Tate St Ives, to Land’s End, to St Michael’s Mount and even to the climate inspiring Eden Project, Cornwall certainly won’t leave you looking for things to do!
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