When to Go

High Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Weather at its best. Accommodation rates high, particularly in August (school holidays).
  • Roads busy, especially in seaside areas, national parks and popular cities, such as Oxford, Bath and York.

Shoulder (Easter–May, mid-Sep–Oct)

  • Crowds reduce. Prices drop.
  • Weather often good: March to May sun mixes with sudden rain; September and October can feature balmy 'Indian summers'.

Low Season (Dec–Feb)

  • Wet and cold is the norm. Snow can fall, especially up north.
  • Opening hours reduced October to Easter; some places shut for the winter. Big-city sights (especially London's) operate all year.