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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Best British Autumn Mini-Break Destinations

Autumn is upon us so take advantage of this beautiful time of year with a relaxing mini-break. We've put together three of our top destinations with tips on what to see, where to eat, and what to pack.
Why go: If the weather is less than lovely you can lose yourself in the museums and galleries. When the sun's out, head up Arthur's Seat for breathtaking views.
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
What to see: For a proper taste of Scotland, the Scottish National Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre are unmissable. Make the most of the longer nights with some stargazing: the Royal Observatory does weekly public astronomy evenings.
Where to eat: Head to Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin on the Leith Waterfront for fresh Scottish produce cooked with a fancy French twist.
What to pack: A warm lightweight jacket, sturdy boots and chic day dresses from Isme.
I've chosen a few of my favourites below:
Isme Day Dresses
The New Forest
Why go: With the leaves turning gold, the ponies looking adorable in their shaggy winter coats and the pubs lighting their log fires, now is the best time to explore this ancient woodland on foot, bike or horseback.
What to do: Some of the most gorgeous forests can be found near Burley, which also hosts an annual cider pressing weekend. Work up an appetite with a country walk, or check out one of the pretty Christmas markets to get ready for the festive season.
Where to eat: The Royal Oak in Fritham was named the Good Pub Guide's Best Country Pub 2013, so head there for a tasty lunch and a few drinks.
What to pack: A chunky knitted jumper and some cosy socks.
The New Forest Pony
Why go: While a beach resort isn't the most obvious choice for an autumn mini-break, this vibrant town really comes to life as the nights draw in, and the famous illuminations are displayed from as early as mid-September.
What to do: The iconic Blackpool Tower gives you a wonderful view of the city, and afterwards head to the High Jinx Magic & Illusion Show at the Horseshoe Bar.
Blackpool Tower
Where to eat: It probably won't be ice cream weather so warm up with fish and chips for a classic seaside treat.
What to pack: A smart padded coat and printed scarf.

[*Please note this post is written in collaboration with Catherine.]
Where's your favourite place in the UK for a mini-break? Have you been to any of these places?

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  1. I love Devon for a mini break, these all look gorgeous though and if Ben gets a job soon I might suggest we go on one!

    1. I've only ever driven through Devon on the way to Cornwall - it's a bit far for a mini-break from where I am, though, it's a good eight-hour drive! xo

  2. Love Edinburgh for a break at any time of the year, the Lakes is always worth a visit too!

    1. Edinburgh is gorgeous! I grew up in the Lakes so I don't tend to think of it as a holiday destination haha :) xo

  3. Edinburgh is the most beautiful place, I'm desperate to visit again very soon <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

    1. I love Edinburgh, especially the Christmas markets :) xo

  4. I have never been to the UK but I would love to move there when I get older! (:

  5. I'd really love to go to Scotland, especially Edinburgh. I've not long gotten back from a mini break to Torquay which was lovely, planning on going to Cornwall now too :)


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