Autumn is going to be beautiful this year in the UK: here's where to visit

From Richmond Park to County Down, these stunning spots aren't to be missed

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Spectacular autumn colours are expected this year, according to an expert from Forestry Commission England.

Simon Toomer, Director at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, said the warm start to autumn, twinned with the recent rain, is an ideal combination of conditions for maintaining sugar levels so that leaves remain on trees for longer to develop their autumnal shades.

Lovers of autumn scenery need not travel to New England to witness the kaleidoscope of colours that characterises the fall season, because there is plenty on offer here in the UK.

Whether you are looking for the wilderness of the Lake District, a Welsh castle, a 2,500 acre park in the capital, a Scottish hedge from 1745, or the manicured lawns of a landscape garden in Yorkshire, there are lots of sites to choose from.

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To help you decide where to go, we contacted countryside conservation organisations and tourism bodies across Britain and asked for their opinions on the best places to witness autumn scenery, here are their suggestions.



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