My UK bucket list: 100 things to do in the UK

There are so many places I’d love to visit around the world but I don’t have the time or money to travel extensively. Fortunately there’s lots to see and do in my own country so I’ve created a UK bucket list which will keep me busy for the next few years.

My UK bucket list favours outdoor attractions, walks and great scenery as that’s what I enjoy. It may look like I’ve ignored vast swathes of the country and prime tourist attractions but that’s because I’ve already visited many of them!

What’s on my UK bucket list?

  1. Wild camp on Dartmoor.
  2. Walk a long distance path. We walked the South Downs Way across four weekends. We also walked the Oxfordshire Way.
  3. Cycle the towpath from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon. We walked rather than cycled but I’m still counting it!
  4. Spend a night on Lundy Island, Devon.
  5. Enjoy a weekend break in Lincoln.
  6. Join a tour of Highgate Cemetery, London.
  7. See the Purton Ships graveyard, Gloucestershire.
  8. Brave the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine, Cumbria.
  9. Camp on Bryher, one of the Isles of Scilly.
  10. Climb Up at the O2, London
  11. Watch a Highland Games in Scotland.
  12. Spend a week exploring the Isle of Anglesey. Here’s our list of 10 things we enjoyed on Anglesey, including the best sunset in Wales at Newborough Beach.
  13. Attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  14. Take an underground train ride at the Postal Museum, London.
  15. Stay in a castle. No blog post but I spent a night at St Briavels YHA, which was once a castle.
  16. Enjoy the Gower Peninsula beaches. We spent a day exploring the northern Gower and tackled Worm’s Head, Rhossili.
  17. Explore the Isle of Harris.
  18. Go wildlife spotting on the Farne Islands, Northumberland.
  19. Explore Neolithic Orkney.
  20. Visit a lavender field.
  21. See Britain’s only desert (or is it?) at Dungeness beach, Kent.
  22. Walk part of Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland. We walked sections at Walltown Crags and Steel Rigg.
  23. Enjoy the waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall.
  24. Stay in an Airstream caravan.
  25. Explore the deserted village of Tyneham, Dorset.
  26. Visit a tin mine in Cornwall.
  27. Spot dinosaurs at Crystal Palace, London.
  28. Eat afternoon tea somewhere posh.
  29. Discover the Rame Peninsula, Cornwall.
  30. Watch the British Firework Championships in Plymouth, Devon
  31. Ride Phoenix, the fastest seated zip line in the world at Brecon Beacons.
  32. Tour Ramsgate’s war tunnels, Kent.
  33. Watch the seabirds on Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire.
  34. Go pony trekking on Exmoor.
  35. Spot Banksy’s art in Bristol.
  36. Have fun in Margate, Kent. Completed  October 2021.
  37. Stay overnight on the Knoydart Peninsula.
  38. Attend the Cotswold Olimpick Games, Gloucestershire.
    Medal ceremony, Cotswold Olimpicks
    Medal ceremony, Cotswold Olimpicks

    Attended, and I even won an Olimpick medal in a running race!

  39. Enjoy the seaside at Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan.
  40. Search for dolphins in Cardigan Bay. I found them! Too far away to photograph successfully.
  41. Walk in the Mourne Mountains, County Down.
  42. Explore the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Lochaber.
  43. Take a boat trip to Smoo Cave, Sutherland.
  44. Cycle from Bournemouth out to Hengitsbury Head, Dorset.
  45. Visit Dennis Severs’ House, London.
  46. View the Kelpies in Falkirk.

    Stopped over on our return journey from Ardnamurchan.

  47. Explore Kinver Edge and the cave houses, Staffordshire.
  48. Admire the Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigon.
  49. Walk along Brean Down, Somerset.
  50. Discover Hawkstone Park follies, Shropshire. Completed May 2021.

    Hawkstone Park Follies
    Hawkstone Park Follies
  51. Visit a deserted underground station.
  52. See the treasures at London Silver Vaults.
  53. Go fossil hunting in Charmouth, Dorset.
  54. Explore the ruins of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire.
  55. Have an adventure in How Stean Gorge, Yorkshire.
  56. Discover the coastal scenery of Duncansby Head, Caithness.
  57. See the apes at Trentham Monkey Forest, Stoke-on-Trent.
  58. Enjoy the rock formations at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire.
  59. Tour Brighton’s sewers. Sadly I’ve discovered this is no longer possible so my alternative is to visit Crossness Pumping Station, London. The sewage theme remains!
  60. Go puffin spotting on Rathlin Island, County Antrim.
  61. Take a boat trip in the Lake District.
  62. Take the ferry from Southampton to Hythe.
    Southampton- Hythe ferry
    Southampton- Hythe ferry

    Took the ferry!

  63. Climb Low Fell, Cumbria.
  64. See the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis.
  65. Drive the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ to Applecross, Wester Ross.
  66. Take the train from Exeter to Teignmouth, Devon.
  67. Learn about the historic Coffin Works, Birmingham.
  68. Go on a wildlife safari.
  69. Walk up Pendle Hill, Lancashire.
  70. Ride the Kyle Line from Lochalsh to Inverness.
  71. Walk along the shingle on Chesil Bank, Dorset.
  72. Enjoy the views from the summit of Box Hill, Surrey.
  73. See how the Roman’s lived at Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex. Completed October 2020.

    Fishbourne Roman Palace
    Fishbourne Roman Palace
  74. Watch the seabirds at Bass Rock, North Berwick.
  75. Walk the woodland trail to Puck’s Glen, Argyll.
  76. Stroll around the fishing village of Crail Harbour, Fife.
  77. Explore Great Orme Copper Mine, Conwy. Completed May 2021.
  78. Enjoy Dewstow Garden and Grottoes, Monmouthshire.
  79. Climb Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire. Completed as part of our South Downs Way walk.
  80. Learn about the past at Killhope Lead Mining museum, County Durham.
  81. Explore maritime history at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent.
  82. Cycle the Plym Valley Trail, Devon. Completed August 2020.
  83. Wander around Eyemouth harbour, Berwickshire.
  84. Discover ancient Wistman’s Wood, Two Bridges, Dartmoor.
  85. Enjoy the plants of Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll.
  86. Go caving.
  87. Go underground into a Cold War bunker.
  88. Buy some blooms at Columbia Road Flower Market, London.
  89. Experience life in The Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
  90. Explore the coastline at Robins Hood Bay beach, North Yorkshire.
  91. Cycle the Red Squirrel Cycle Trail, Isle of Wight. We cycled around the island, but incorporated some of the Red Squirrel trail en route.
  92. Descend into the mine at the National Coal Mining museum, West Yorkshire.
  93. Hunt for wildlife at RSPB Leighton Moss, Lancashire.
  94. Explore the valley around Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire.
  95. Learn about our industrial heritage at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire.
  96. Walk the stepping stones at Chee Dale.
  97. See the Severn Bore.
  98. Discover our history at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex. The battlefield wasn’t open but we visited the abbey.
  99. Zoom down the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide, London.
  100. Spot a swallowtail butterfly in Norfolk.

Completing my UK bucket list

As I complete items on the bucket list I’ll be adding photos or links to my blog write up so do pop back from time to time to see how I’m getting on.

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

31 thoughts on “My UK bucket list: 100 things to do in the UK”

  1. I’d love to see a lavender field, I didn’t know we had any. My bucket list for the UK would include the Hebrides – but only if I could control the weather. I’d like to stay overnight in Hawarth in the Bronte parsonage during a (rain-free) winter storm: probably not possible. #FarawayFiles

  2. Wow. What an amazing list! I have done the puffin and bird watching boat trip from Seahouses out to Farne Islands and and can highly recommend it! I wrote a post if you’re interested. I will look forward to seeing the places you visit as you tick them off! Good luck and enjoy! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  3. What a good idea to write a bucket list of things you want to do – so many brilliant suggestions here and I particularly like that you’ve listed specific things to do at each destination which makes it a lot more interesting. I’d thoroughly recommend fossil hunting along the Dorset coast and I’ve taken a boat down the canal from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon – it would make a lovely cycle ride. Thanks for linking this up to #FarawayFiles

  4. Our planet is an incredible place when you consider that there are so many wonderful things to experience on this small island. So much inspiration in your list – I have barely scratched the surface of these possibilities. Thank you for sharing them with us on #FarawayFiles

  5. Seven! Not bad I suppose…

    Living in continental Europe (as I do) is wonderful, but in terms of sheer variety of landscapes and experiences, the British Isles are truly something else. It really is a superb list – good luck with your quest! #FarawayFiles

    1. Seven more than me (so far)….. Being a landscape junkie I could probably have written a list of 100 places to visit in Scotland alone!

  6. This list must have taken a long time to put together. You’ve got me thinking. I think I would have to include lots that you have listed. Top of my list would be to see puffins. I’m sure that for every one item I crossed out, I’d end up adding two more. There is so much to see.

    1. The list didn’t take too long to write but that’s because a lot of these ideas have been swimming around in my head for a year or two, I just needed to get them all written down.

  7. Great list! I’ve never been to the UK but my family and I are hoping to go in the next 2-3 years. We’re not able to travel exclusively, either so we can only plan 2-3 big trips a year. And those trips fill up fast since there are so many places we want to go. But I will admit, it is fun being a tourist around your home. #mondayescapes

  8. Firstly I’m slightly disappointed that visit Coombe Mill doesn’t feature in your top 100 (only joking) That said you have a great list with some very diverse ideas across the UK, what’s with the Brighton sewers though? #mondayescapes

  9. Wow this is quite a list! I live in the Cotswolds so I’m delighted to see it pop up several times on your list;) We visited the Cotswold lavender fields over the summer, I can thoroughly recommend. Thanks for linking up to #MondayEscapes

  10. So many great ideas. We are planning on mostly holidaying in the UK for the forseeable future and there’s so much I want to do. I shall be following your progress, and may well write my own list next year! #MondayEscapes

  11. Hi Christine, a very fine bucket list indeed. I love #66 (taking the train from Exeter to Teignmouth) as it’s something I have done many a time and it’s funny to think it’s on someone’s bucket list. It is a beautiful route, especially in winter.

    I think I would quite happily join you on your bucket list if I could.


  12. Great list – Some we’ve done, some we’d like to do, and some – well maybe. It’s a great spread across this beautiful country of ours, and probable like most readers there’s many more too (like Rye, East Sussex)

    Inspiring stuff…

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