The UK is a beautiful country that never fails to surprise anyone who visits. Below we’ve compiled a list of ten things that should go on your bucket list whilst in the UK. If you’ve already done some of them, tell us which ones! If not, start planning today!
1) See the Northern Lights
Lying on the same latitude as Stavenger in Norway and Nunivak Island in Alaska, visitors to Scotland are highly likely to see the Northern Lights. Some of the best places to see them during the autumn and winter months on clear nights include: Wick in Caithness and Galloway Forest Park, the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland. Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms, Angus and Rannoch Moor are other top viewing spots.
2) Visit the world’s oldest castle
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world with stunning woodland. It is home to over 500 red deers that roam freely. The impressive drive up to the castle is still used by the royal carriages as part of the route from Windsor Castle to the Ascot Races.
3) Visit Bristol, the graffiti capital of the UK
The world’s most notorious graffiti artist, Banksey, hails from Bristol where you will find a vibrant street art scene. Stokes Croft, is the heart of Bristol’s cultural quarter and home to Banksy’s first piece to become famous, the Mild Mild West. You will find his other work such as Cat and Dog on Foster Street and the famous Masked Gorilla on Fishponds Road.
4) Visit one of the remotest beaches
Picture landing on a two-mile stretch of cockles that double up as a runway on a small island called Barra, which is a short flight from Glasgow. The flights are flexible as the pilot can only land at certain times because the runway is under water twice a day. Once here, you can enjoy the secluded white sand beaches, cycle around the tiny island or go on a guided kayak tour.
5) Experience Britain’s best drive
The A591 road is dubbed ‘Britain’s best drive’ and for good reason. It stretches between Kendal and Keswick in Cumbria, and is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping scenery. Those making the 45-minute journey are rewarded by no fewer than five dramatic Lakes, dozens of world-famous mountains and some of the most idyllic places on the planet.
6) Take to the skies to see Gower Peninsula
The Gower Peninsula was the first of 46 places in the UK to be awarded ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ for its wild moors, limestone cliffs and golden, sandy beaches. They are a must-see and what is a better way to see that than parachuting from 12,000ft?
This aerial decent will give you amazing views as well as an experience you’ll never forget. Take a tandem skydive and experience a free fall at 120mph while attached to a fully-qualified instructor.
7) Visit Hull – City of Culture
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard of Hull. You should visit anyway. Awarded ‘The City of Culture’ in 2017, it is a creative city that is reinventing itself. It is fondly known as the most poetic city in England as well as the place where the famous boiled sweet was invented.
8) Go dinosaur hunting on the Jurassic Coast
The fascinating rock formations and fossils of the Jurassic Coast chart 185 million years of the Earth’s history. And it’s highly likely that you’ll find a fossil if you take a stroll along the beaches.
9) Get your thrill on the UK’s only double-launch roller coaster
Looking for some thrill? Roller Coaster The ICON at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a one of its kind in the world and will expose riders to the same g-force as a Formula 1 driver.
10) Punting in Cambridge
Pay a visit to Cambridge, home to the second oldest university in the English-Speaking world. Walk through some of the breath-taking colleges, such as Darwin College, and complete your trip with some punting. The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge, giving spectacular views of some of the most famous colleges, such as King’s College.