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The United Kingdom can be visited at any time of year, as its climate is relatively temperate and, in general, doesn’t experience extremes during either summer or winter. Overall, spring (late March to early June) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit, when it’s usually warm and dry. At these times you’ll see beautiful spring flowers or the leaves changing hue in autumn, and avoid the much busier summer period. Winter (December to February) can also be an enjoyable time to visit. Although some attractions close in mountainous areas and in the north, where there’s likely to be snow, the main cities remain fully open and will be quieter for sightseeing. The highest temperatures are experienced in the summer, but these rarely rise above 30°C (86°F).

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The UK is at its best when spring has sprung. The British boast exquisite gardens and once things have come into flower, these horticultural creations are at their finest. In April and May, the landscapes begin to flourish with tulips, narcissus, and lupins. Come early June, the weather usually warms up a little more, and smaller towns and cities across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland come to life. After May Day (1st May), festivals and markets are held all across the UK.

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UK Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bath 7°C 88mm 7°C 64mm 10°C 73mm 12°C 57mm 16°C 68mm 19°C 66mm 21°C 62mm 20°C 74mm 18°C 80mm 14°C 78mm 10°C 84mm 8°C 96mm
Edinburgh 6°C 61mm 6°C 43mm 9°C 51mm 12°C 43mm 15°C 54mm 18°C 52mm 19°C 63mm 19°C 70mm 16°C 69mm 13°C 70mm 9°C 68mm 7°C 61mm
Inverness 5°C 71mm 5°C 46mm 8°C 55mm 10°C 39mm 14°C 51mm 18°C 54mm 19°C 61mm 19°C 74mm 15°C 72mm 12°C 77mm 8°C 76mm 6°C 71mm
Liverpool 6°C 68mm 7°C 49mm 9°C 54mm 12°C 49mm 15°C 58mm 18°C 60mm 19°C 64mm 19°C 79mm 17°C 82mm 14°C 83mm 9°C 87mm 7°C 80mm
London 8°C 57mm 8°C 40mm 11°C 47mm 14°C 46mm 18°C 49mm 21°C 51mm 23°C 48mm 23°C 53mm 20°C 57mm 16°C 60mm 11°C 61mm 9°C 59mm
Oxford 7°C 56mm 7°C 40mm 10°C 52mm 13°C 45mm 16°C 55mm 19°C 55mm 22°C 47mm 21°C 59mm 18°C 55mm 15°C 55mm 10°C 54mm 7°C 64mm
York 6°C 53mm 6°C 40mm 9°C 48mm 12°C 44mm 15°C 51mm 19°C 52mm 20°C 53mm 20°C 64mm 18°C 53mm 14°C 51mm 9°C 54mm 7°C 57mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in the UK

Loch Leven

Visiting the UK in October

The autumn leaves are at their best, most vibrant russet shades during October. Temperatures are cooler and some sites in more rural areas start to close for winter. By the end of October most places are much quieter, making this a pleasant time to travel if you prefer to avoid the crowds. The schools generally break for a week at the end of the month though.

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