Everyone who loves the British countryside or our world-class country houses will surely have spent some time at National Trust properties. The Trust’s huge variety of historic buildings, gardens, and wild places offer a great choice of days out, and they’ve surveyed families to find the best autumn days out on their estate.
Here’s where the National Trust fans say you should be heading this autumn, with plenty of caravanning options to choose from.
1 – Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Kids love a medieval adventure, and 14-th century Bodiam Castle provides plenty of that, with its massive towers and moat and “murder holes” for chucking stuff at attackers. The castle is staffed by costumed characters and there’s a programme of autumn events to check out.
With some of the UK’s favourite beaches, Sussex has a large choice of caravan and park holidays.
2 – Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Loads of woodlands mean lots of colour in this season of dramatic changes. And kids are encouraged to get active and involved by building their own dens among the trees among other autumn activities.
Whether it’s the Broads or the big, wide sandy beaches, Norfolk has caravan and holiday parks aplenty taking advantage of its natural attractions.
3 – Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Among the remains the Romans left behind in this pretty Costwolds setting are lots and lots of snails, which were brought here as a delicacy! Youngsters can search for these beauties as part of a mini beasts challenge and enjoy experiencing the Roman lifestyle for the day.
Chedworth and the rest of the Cotswolds are easily in reach of our Somerset caravan holiday parks.
4 – Tarn Hows and Coniston, Cumbria
The Lake District is beautiful whenever you choose to visit. But each autumn the forest trails around Coniston really come into their own. Cycling’s a great way to get around here, but if you fancy a gentler experience book onto one of the steam boats that travel the lake.
Is there any greater great outdoors in England than the Lake District? Cumbria is perfect holiday park territory.
5 – Croome Park, Worcestershire
One of the most famous gardens in England has been rescued and restored and now forms a fascinating addition to a classic country house day out in the heart of the country. There’s a great deal for families to do in this big parkland estate, including kids’ activities for autumn half-term.
Pop up the M5 from Somerset’s holiday parks to visit Croome Park.
6 – East Head, West Sussex
Don’t forget our beautiful coastline when you plan your autumn days out or holidays. The National Trust’s East Head in West Sussex has been picked out by families for its year-round wildlife interest – autumn’s a great time to see seals – and beautiful dunes.
One of the busiest and best holiday park scenes in the country serves the beautiful Sussex coast.
7 – Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
The autumn is a great time to visit this extraordinarily dramatic landmark off the north-east coast. The island of Lindisfarne is an adventure in itself, with access only open when the tides are with you, and the castle adds even more drama to an autumn seaside experience.
Some of the most beautiful caravan parks in the country can be found in Northumberland’s dramatic countryside.
8 – Mount Stewart, County Down
One of the great survival struggles in UK wildlife history is being played out at this Northern Irish estate, home to some of the country’s embattled red squirrel population. Kids can keep their eyes peeled with a “tracker pack” for visitors that includes binoculars as well as activities for youngsters.
9 – Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire
Another parkland estate with lots of space for parents to walk and for kids to go wild. The adventure playgrounds are here all year round, including a breath-taking zip wire ride. The conkers are very much a seasonal treat, though, and a map will show you the best place to find them.
Most of Yorkshire’s holiday parks make the most of the county’s stunning coastline, within easy reach of West Yorkshire.
10 – Powis Castle and Garden, Powys
This being Wales, a medieval castle is at the heart of the joys of Powis Castle, where you’ll also find spectacular gardens and one of the best museum collections of Indian and Far Eastern objects in the country. Kids have woodland trails to follow, with bats and birds making the most of the fruits of the season in the trees.
There are fantastic caravan and holiday parks in south, west, mid, and north Wales.