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Choose from one of 40+ ideas and start planning your next autumn break. Escape from the everyday with a mixture of autumn activities, with a range of ideas suitable for families, kids or couples. From exciting city breaks to cozy countryside and woodland cottages, autumn is the ideal time to explore a new part of the country or revisit an old favourite. And if you don't want to travel too far, you can find a great autumn break near you - just use the filters on the left to pinpoint your location! Please be sure to check with any individual attractions before travelling to check booking times, availability and/or any restrictions that may be in place.

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Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Escape the clutches of Jack the Ripper at London Dungeon

You're lost in the streets of East London where Jack the Ripper is on the prowl. Will you make it out alive? Head to London Dungeon to find out.

Location: London Bridge, Greater London

 

Blast off to the National Space Centre

From astronauts to rocket towers, satellites and meteorites, there is plenty of space to explore at this fun, family-friendly attraction.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Travel back in time at Milestones Museum

A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

 

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering a 1,000 acres of bird hides, mucky nature trails and interactive visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

 

Plan your trip to Chessington World of Adventures

Non-stop adventures await all the family with thrilling rides, Gruffalo themed shows and even an on-site zoo and aquarium.

Location: Chessington, Surrey

 

Prepare to be thrilled at Thorpe Park

Adrenaline-seekers will not want to miss this adventure park which has 25 thrills and attractions so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Location: Chertsey, Surrey

 

Get closer to the animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Venture to Hertfordshire for an exciting day out with the family at this award-winning zoo; see a range of exotic animals and enjoy a whole host of experiences and attractions.

Location: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Sunderland Museum

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 

Discover the real Downton Abbey

Re-enact your favourite scenes from the much-loved period drama at Highclere Castle before retiring to London Lodge, a Georgian Grade II-listed gatehouse on-site.

Location: Highclere, Hampshire

 
A family watching chocolate being made at Cadbury World, Birmingham.

Go chocolate crazy at Cadbury World

A must-visit destination for chocoholics of all ages, Cadbury World in Bourneville near Birmingham is full of fun indoor activities and things to do when it rains.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover tropical fish at SEA LIFE Brighton

Take a deep breath and see if you can walk through the world’s largest under-sea glass tunnel at SEA LIFE Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore Earth and space at Liverpool’s World Museum

Need ideas on things to do when it rains? Visit one of North West England’s oldest museums and get a hands-on look at our planet from the oceans to the stars.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Admire Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that has to be seen to be believed.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Test your strength as you climb up the walls of this 15th-century church on an indoor activity break in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

 

See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

Located on a former Second World War airfield, Newark Air Museum is the ideal place to find out about the history of aviation.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Step into history in the Churchill War Rooms

Delve underground into Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and uncover the secret location which housed the Prime Minister during WWII.

Location: Westminster, London

 

Bathe in autumn colours in Falling Foss’s wonderful woods

If ever there was a magical woodland walk, it’s the two-mile circular trail through the trees from May Beck to the charming Falling Foss waterfall.

Location: North York Moors, near Whitby, North Yorkshire

 

Travel through the history of British motoring

Uncover the story of the British motor industry at the British Motor Museum, and come face to face with British motoring icons.

Location: Gaydon / Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

 

Immerse yourself in the magic of The Alnwick Garden

Let the little ones run free around the 12 acres of gardens at the multi award-winning Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
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9 eerie places to visit this Halloween

Step inside England’s scariest spots, with ghost tours of haunted houses and ancient sites that have stood since the Dark Ages.

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