Visiting Belfast by ferry is always a good option for a quick break. Belfast is an intriguing city all year round and could be the perfect place to spend a few days this autumn. It has everything from history to culture, exceptional restaurants to bars, making it suitable for couples and single travellers alike.
One of the bonuses of visiting Belfast is that the weather does not need to be fine to make the most of it, as many top attractions are indoors. Belfast Waterfront is a great place to stop off for some evening entertainment, as it is hosting the likes of Ed Byrne, Jools Holland and Elvis Costello throughout October.
The Crown Bar is widely considered as the best pub Belfast has to offer, with high-class whiskey just one of the specialities available. So great is the pub that it is managed by the National Trust, giving guests opulent surroundings to sup their beer on a chilly autumn evening.
Some of the best museums in Belfast include the likes of the Ulster Museum, which is free to all visitors. Exhibits include those on art, natural sciences and history, so there is sure to be something for all tastes to appreciate.
Getting to Belfast may be easier and cheaper than many travellers appreciate, especially as there are so many deals available from AFerry.co.uk at the moment. Stena Line is offering returns from Liverpool to Belfast over the coming months from just £46 each way for one foot passenger. For two passengers in a car, fares start from £182 each way, which increases to £274 each way for four passengers travelling by car.
There is another offer operating at the moment on Stena Line services between Cairnyran and Belfast travelling on specific dates in October, which may be worth looking at by anyone planning a last-minute break.
Looking further afield, the French city of Le Havre is an ideal location for an autumn getaway. Particularly suited to couples, the area is renowned for its exceptional architecture and coastline, making it a favourite with tourists throughout the generations.
One of the city's best loved attractions is Le Havre Cathedral, which is one of the few buildings to have survived World War Two. Among its most impressive features are the fine church organs, which were donated by Cardinal de Richelieu back in 1637.
Musee Malraux or the Musee d'art moderne Andre Malraux - is a fascinating place to visit, not least for its extensive collections of French impressionist paintings. Founded in 1845, the museum has been expanding ever since and received a large number of new works in 2009. Visitors can expect to see one of the biggest collections of works by Eugene Boudin stored in a public institution.
No trip to France would be complete without trying some of the country's exceptional cuisine, and thankfully Le Havre has plenty of eateries that offer just that. Jean Luc Tartarin is held in high regard for its fine food and wine, making it a must visit location for anyone heading to Le Havre.
LD Lines Ferries has some fantastic offers to Le Havre this autumn that will make booking a trip a no-brainer. Leaving from Portsmouth, travellers can take advantage of a five-day return from just £46 each way, which includes a car and up to two people. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a romantic break in France before the pre-Christmas rush kicks in.
If hitting the open road on a motorbike this autumn sounds more appealing, then the Irish seaport of Rosslare could prove just the place to do it. Once arriving in the harbour, bikers have a wealth of countryside to explore and not to mention an Irish pub or two along the way. Rosslare is often seen as a gateway for seeing what the rest of the country has to offer and doing it on two wheels is just as good a way as any.
If a trip across the Irish Sea sounds appealing this autumn, then there are various ferry deals to be taken advantage of. Irish Ferries is offering a special rate of £51 each way for a rider and their motorbike travelling between Pembroke and Rosslare. Car passengers can travel from £69 each way per person on midweek night departures provided that bookings are made 21 days in advance.