10 top UK attractions after the crowds have gone

Exploring top attractions without the crowds

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Discover our top 10 favourite attractions and activities that are all the better for enjoying in September and October…

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The tourists have left, the weather is still warm, and you deserve a staycation in the forest. Discover the joys of visiting some of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions in September and October. For those not tied to the school calendar – the child-free and the carefree, grandparents, parents with pre-schoolers, and those whose children have long since flown the nest the country now belongs to you. The roads are passable once again, the beaches are almost empty, and the tourist attractions will welcome you. We’ve listed our top 10 favourite attractions and activities that are all the better for enjoying in September and October…

The Eden Project

One of England’s most popular tourist destinations, the Eden Project in Cornwall is a year-round attraction, but so much quieter after the summer holidays. Get a group together and explore the biomes, meet the WEEE man and the giant bee, and fly down Britain’s longest zip wire. 

The Eden Project biodomes in Cornwall

Discover the Eden Project

London

Sandwiched between the tourist surge of spring and summer and the madness of Christmas, September and October promise not exactly a quiet period, but a time when you can visit the top tourist attractions without being barged aside or having to queue for hours. Visit the Tower, wander through Covent Garden and have tea at the Ritz. And for the crowd-averse, stay at Blackwood Forest, just an hour away by train but a world away after a busy London day.

View of London and the London eye

Explore London

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s top visitor destination, Edinburgh Castle is mobbed throughout the August Festival, but in September and October you can almost have it to yourself. As you climb the Royal Mile and look back over the city, you cannot fail to be charmed. Stay at Strathyre, just an hour and a half away.

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Take in the views of Edinburgh Castle

National Railway Museum

After a particularly busy year as the Flying Scotsman returned to the tracks after a multi-million pound overhaul, the steam is clearing to reveal the other magnificent engines in the NRM collection: Sir Nigel Gresley’s world-beating Mallard, a replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, the art deco Duchess of Hamilton and the super sleek Japanese Shinkansen. A crowd-free, autumn visit is a must if you are staying at our cabins in Keldy.

The Flying Scotsman steam train at National Railway Museum

Visit the National Railway Museum

Flamingo Land

Planning a fun-filled get-together with friends? Head to Flamingo Land and rediscover your inner child. With 8 extreme rides, a gym complex, it’s just the ticket for a great day out. Perfect too, for extended family with pre-schoolers in the mix, who will enjoy the zoo and the Dino-Stone Park. Stay at Cropton.

Close up of a flamingo at Flamingo Land in Yorkshire

Fun for all the family

Robin Hood Adventures

Nottinghamshire is most famous for Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood may be the stuff of legends but the forest is very much alive and it is a fabulous place to visit at this time of the year! Stay at our cabins in Sherwood Forest, hidden amongst the trees and enjoy miles of woodland trails, marvel at the world-famous Major Oak and, inspired by the legend, test your aim at archery in the forest.

Major Oak tree in Nottinghamshire

Major Oak

Go Ape

For tribes of any number, Go Ape is a treetop adventure you will never forget, and it all began in Thetford Forest, just next door to our Thorpe Forest location! Now there is a Go Ape within easy reach of all our forest locations for you to enjoy the zip wires, Tarzan swings and forest segways! Save 10% on Go Ape Treetop Adventure...

Go Ape activity

Go Ape Adventure

Outdoor Adventures in The Wye Valley

While the weather holds, it’s time to take a kayak out on the Wye. The river traffic of summer has thinned, and you can enjoy unhindered progress through the river valley. Back at our cabins in Forest of Dean, get the gang together for a Nocturn Adventure with Gerry the Forest Ranger. Explore the forest by bike or on foot and finish your holiday with a team visit to nearby Go Ape.

Couple canoeing down the River Wye at Forest of Dean

Take in the views of the River Wye

Inveraray Town And Castle

Inveraray is one of the most picturesque towns in Scotland. And one of the most visited. Reap the benefits of an autumn break, free from the tourist coaches, to explore the town, visit the famous jail and tour the castle, seat of the Clan Campbell. Stay at Ardgartan Argyll and enjoy the colours of autumn in this very special corner of the world.

Inveraray Castle in Scotland

Explore Inveraray

And Relax!

If you have worked all summer, the sun mocking you through the window while friends and family have enjoyed the long summer days, now is the time to take that much deserved break. Book a cabin at one of our 11 UK locations and let yourself be soothed by the sights and sounds of the forest. From a romantic Golden Oak Hideaway for 2 up to a Golden Oak Treehouse for 10, enjoy a hot tub, log burner, and open plan living area, perfect for gathering.

Forest of Dean log cabins in autumn

Forest of Dean in autumn

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