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Autumn Days Out 2024

Discover England’s amazing past in all its autumnal glory. Explore castles and abbeys nestled in golden woodland, see country houses swathed in morning mist and wander through historic gardens ablaze with spectacular seasonal colour.

With hundreds of sites across the country waiting to be discovered, autumn is the perfect time to make the most of our past.

Historic Gardens

The historic gardens in our care are among the finest in the country.

As the weather cools, our gardens transition into a vibrant autumnal colour palette of yellow, orange and brown. Keep cosy and enjoy wandering through our historic gardens where you'll discover the stories behind our leafy woodlands, decorative flower beds and seasonal kitchen produce.

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Discover our historic gardens

Historical Autumn Traditions

The beginning of autumn has been a cornerstone of the northern European calendar heralding an important season for food, feasting and festivities. Find out how and why we come together in autumn and discover the stories behind harvests, hauntings and fiery nights.

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  • Autumn Garden Highlights

    Keep cosy and enjoy wandering through our historic gardens where you'll discover the stories behind our leafy woodlands, decorative flower beds and seasonal kitchen produce.

  • Unusual Autumn Gardens

    From flowers that only blossom in the evening to plants that were once cultivated for their healing properties, take a look at some of the more unusual garden finds.

  • Eleven iconic trees to see this autumn

    We look after thousands of trees in the landscapes we care for but only a few of these trees stand out as being iconic, either for their age, size, or connections with historic people or events.


    Long before Monty Don, England’s finest garden and landscape designers were in high demand. Here’s our who’s-who of English history’s most illustrious gardeners.

Autumn Treats with Mrs Crocombe

  • How to Harvest Apples - The Victorian Way

  • How to Make English Chutnee – The Victorian Way

  • How to Make Soup for the Poor – The Victorian Way

Exploring our autumn traditions

As the nights draw in and the leaves start to turn, we’re joined by English Heritage trustee and Professor of History at the University of Bristol Ronald Hutton, to discuss some of the traditions that come with autumn. Discover the history behind Bonfire Night and Halloween, along with less well-known events such as Harvest Home and Lammas – and the origins of the word ‘autumn’ itself.

Enjoy an active Autumn

  • Regional Guides

    From London to Northumberland, Yorkshire and Derbyshire to the Isle of Wight, our comprehensive travel guides have everything you need to plan a getaway: where to stay, getting around and — most importantly — things to see and do.

  • Cycling Guides

    Whether you're a novice or bike enthusiast, our cycling guides offer a fun way to take in multiple historic places. Wheel your way across the Isle of Wight, find serenity in North Yorkshire, or tour across the Wiltshire countryside.

  • Coastal Walks

    Enjoy the great outdoors. Combine an invigorating seaside stroll with an inspiring visit to one of our historic sites, following these glorious routes along England's most beautiful coastlines. 

Walking Guides

Top Tearooms

Now is the perfect time to enjoy some well-deserved time off for yourselves. There's no better way to relax than with a hot drink or delicious snack at a tea room amid historic surroundings. To help you find the perfect place to get off your feet, here's our list of top tearooms from historic places around the country.

Discover our top tearooms