Celebrate autumn in Wales
Autumn is a time to bask in everything that nature has to offer while the days are still warm and the evenings still light.
Savour the seasonal burst of colour abundant everywhere in formal flower beds, wild hedgerows, woods and meadows. There’s a firework display of leaf colour among the trees which begin offering up their fruits, nuts and berries, and everywhere wildlife can be spotted enjoying the harvest.
Some of our gardens are at their finest in autumn, such as Powis Castle near Welshpool, where the skilfully tended herbaceous terrace borders provide a stunning late floral display. Be dazzled by an amazing arboretum of native and exotic trees turning crimson, amber and bronze at Bodnant Garden in Conwy Valley and see - and sample - the bounty of apples, fruit and vegetables produced at the walled garden at Llanerchaeron working farm.
Make the most of balmy days and evenings on our many safe and secluded beaches, which are ideal for paddling, picnics and rock pooling. You can look out for dolphins and porpoises along the coastlines of Cardigan Bay and Llyn Peninsula, and may even spot seal pups around some of the islands. At Stackpole estate in Pembrokeshire the freshwater lakes, woodlands, dunes, limestone cliffs and beaches are filled with birdlife, while further inland there are seasonal wildlife highlights to enjoy such as the rare White Park Cattle at Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire and Red Squirrels at Plas Newydd on Anglesey.
Immerse yourself in nature on a countryside walk, crunching through leafy woodland floors or strolling among traditional hay meadows grazed by sheep – or head to the hills and view autumn panoramas from the peaks of Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons.
Behind the scenes
It’s an intriguing time to visit our castles, stately homes and houses, many of which are beginning their autumn ‘spring clean’. Meet the conservation team at work on behind-the-scenes tours at Chirk Castle, near Oswestry, and Tredegar House, Newport.
If you’re looking for an autumn break we have many cosy cottages to choose from and if you’re thinking ahead to half term with the kids our places have a host of activities lined up for families, from harvest crafts at Erddig, near Wrexham, to Halloween fun at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor.
Create some memories this autumn at our special places around Wales.