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Where to go in September

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Where to go in September

With school summer holidays drawing to a close, travel both at home and abroad gets a little cheaper and less crowded, while the weather is suited to both the seaside and the city. Check out five of our favourite places to go in September.

Krakow, Poland

Temperature 19°C

With Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches on every corner, not to mention al fresco cafés strewn across street upon street of cobblestones, it’s unsurprising that beautiful Krakow recently won the top spot in our readers’ survey to find the best city break destination in Europe. 

Despite its popularity, Krakow mostly resists the urge to shake down visitors with extortionate prices – affordable museums, meals and drinks are easily found. 

Avoid the main square rip-offs and you’ll get a good meal for less than a tenner and a pint for two pounds, which makes it a great European getaway while sterling flounders during pre-Brexit uncertainty.

Read more: Best city breaks in Europe

Krakow, Poland
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£126 £59 93%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Dartmouth, UK

Temperature 18°C

More of a historic coastal port than a seaside resort, Dartmouth in south Devon has long been associated with the Royal Navy, and also features in the story of the Pilgrim Fathers and novels by Agatha Christie. 

So there is plenty to distract if September’s changeable weather isn’t suited to the beach every day. Today, a yacht club and boat chandlers share the high street with boutiques, gift shops, art galleries and restaurants serving fresh Devon crab. 

There's no notable beach in Dartmouth itself, but the Blue Flag Blackpool Sands is just a 10-minute drive west.

Read more: Britain’s best and worst seaside towns

Dartmouth, UK
Average hotel rate Accommodation Seafront Food and drink Scenery Value for money City score
£125 83%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Boston, USA

Temperature 23°C

For too long Boston has been overshadowed by its Big Apple neighbour, but Which? Travel readers know better, voting it the joint-best city in the USA (along with Chicago). 

Less crowded than NYC, more navigable than San Francisco and easier to get to know than impermeable DC, it’s the ideal introduction to the once-mighty American dream. 

The mild September weather makes this a perfect month to explore this eminently walkable city. Follow the Freedom Trail: a two-and-a-half-mile-long red line that runs along the cobbled streets of the historical centre, winding its way past Faneuil Hall and the 1797-built ship, USS Constitution, while giving a rundown of the fight for US independence.

Read more: Best long-haul city breaks

Boston, USA
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£487 £190 85%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Florence, Italy

Temperature 26°C

With so many iconic sights nestled in the streets beneath the famous terracotta dome of the Duomo, it’s not surprising the streets of this stunning Renaissance wonderland are often packed in summer. But visit in September and the crowds are a little thinner. 

Here you can witness The Birth of Venus by Botticelli in the 16th-century Uffizi Gallery, see Michelangelo’s David in all his glory at the Galleria dell’Accademia, and sample some of Italy’s best gelato along the way.

It’s also a gateway to the ever-popular Tuscany region, which will still be enjoying sunny weather through to October.

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Florence, Italy
Average airfare Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Value for money City score
£211 £113 82%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Durham, UK

Temperature 16°C

The moment Durham’s cathedral and castle heave into view, you know you’re in for a spectacular trip. The medieval powerbase of the Prince-Bishops of Durham is not only a Unesco World Heritage Site, but also the heart of a vibrant university town. 

Durham’s captivating Oriental Museum is great to explore in September, before the start of Michaelmas term. Hidden away in a maze of colleges, it’s full of surprises – from 19th-century woodblock prints of Japan’s royal family, dressed like Victorians, to contemporary Chinese sculpture. Don’t miss the Egyptian stela carved in 1,943 BC, which depicts the high-ranking steward Dedu smugly receiving gifts from his extended family. 

The quality of the city’s hotel and restaurant scene is also on the up, but all that’s only the overture: because 30 minutes west are the Pennines, and in September they’re in a wonderfully wild and windswept mood.

Read more: Best city breaks in the UK

Durham, UK
Average hotel rate Accommodation Food and drink Cultural attractions Shopping Value for money City score
£100 79%
City score combines overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.
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