UK Bucket List
Following on from our Bucket List post explaining what our series would entail, we are back for Part One in our Bucket List Series. #HSBLS
Happy New Year!
Here are our top places to visit in the UK.
The Isle of Skye
With stunning scenery and rugged landscapes, the isle is connected to Scotland by bridge and has only 10,000 people residing there.
News broke recently of a meteorite that had hit 60 million years ago and was found here, what a fascinating thing to see!
Sturdy walking boots are definitely a must in order to fully explore everything Skye has to offer including Claigan Coral Beach, Fairy pools, The Cuillin and Old Man of Storr.
Activities range from taking part in the Talisker Distillery tour to visiting the Denvegan Castle, Boat trips and much more.
With accommodation averaging £115 for a three star hotel and travel taking approximately 4hours by train from London, flights are only 1.5 hours to Inverness, and there are many options from here.
Trip Advisor advises that Quiraing is the most popular place to visit due to the unique rock formations.
For more things to do: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186585-Activities-Isle_of_Skye_The_Hebrides_Scotland.html
If you haven’t already done so, visiting the Roman Baths should be high up on your list. A major tourist attraction, it pulls in over 1 million visitors per year.
Constructed in 60-70 AD, the Baths were gradually built on over the next 300 years. It has been extremely well preserved, and shows how the Roman’s would have experienced public bathing.
There are four main features: The Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum.
In 2005, ‘Seven Natural Wonders’ featured the Baths as one of the wonders of the West Country.
The baths have been modified on several occasions, the most recent in 2009 when a grant was presented to the bath and North-East Somerset Council to contribute towards to re-developing and improving access to the Baths.
You are able to visit and bathe in the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters just as the Celts and Romans did.
For more information: https://visitbath.co.uk/things-to-do/thermae-bath-spa-p26231
Accommodation costs average between £86 for a 3-star hotel to £139 for a 5 star and it takes about 2.5 hours to drive from London.
Alternatively, you can hop on the train for approximately £50 for a weekend ticket.
The UK’s own take on the Great Wall of China, just much easier to walk along!
Also known as the Roman Wall, Picts’ Wall or Vallum Hadriani, the wall was started in 122 AD as a defensive wall between Roman Britain and Scotland. It was completed in 128 AD.
It was built on an order given by Emperor Hadrian, and runs from Wallsend to Bowness. In 140 AD a further wall was added further north.
The wall is the largest Roman artefact and runs a total of 73 miles. Made of pure stone, over 2000 years later, parts of it still remain.
In 1987, Hadrian’s Wall was declared a World Heritage Site and in 2005 became part of the transnational ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’.
Although named a Word Heritage Site, it is not manned and tourists are able to stand on and climb the wall. (although this is obviously not encouraged.)
In 2010, a public event took place in which the wall was lit by 500 beacons, called ‘Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall’ and then in 2012 a second illumination called ‘Connecting Light’ took place.
There is so much to see and do, with many areas making the most of the Roman history close by.
The Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling
Now, who doesn’t love cheese?
Every year, on the Spring Bank Holiday, this event takes place. Competitors from around the world come to Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire to take part.
This year the event will take place on 28th May from 12pm until 10pm.
Probably one of the strangest competitions, especially to take place in the UK, it dates back several hundred years to the early 1800’s, with many explaining that it signifies the celebration of the turn of winter and a fresh batch of crops.
The master of Ceremonies will release a nine-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese from the top of Cooper’s Hill.
It is said that the cheese can reach up to 70 miles per hour, and the first contestant to get to the bottom of the hill wins.
This competition is not for the faint hearted, with many being hospitalized following previous events. With no application forms or event fees, anybody can enter the race, if you would prefer to just watch, the bottom of the hill is the best view point.
Known for the Battle of Hastings in 1066, there is much more to the little seaside town.
Hastings castle, once home to William the Conqueror overlooks the English Channel. It was originally a wooden tower built on top of a man-made mound, but was rebuilt by stone following orders set by William after his coronation on Christmas Day 1066.
With amazing views of both the town and the sea, and costing just £3.95 for a child ticket and £4.75 with group concessions, it is well worth a visit.
The Old Town is also worth a visit. Narrow passageways and fisherman’s huts surround you and there is the Shipwreck Museum as well as the Fishermen’s Museum that explains in detail the famous sunken ships.
Hastings fish market is also located in the Old Town, supplying all the local fish stalls and restaurants. So, you know that your English favourite of Fish and Chips is locally caught and they proud themselves on catching it in an environmentally friendly way.
If you look up the hill from the Old Town, you will see the East and West Hill lifts. The East Hill Lift is the steepest in the UK and showcases fabulous views of the Old Town and beyond. The West Hill Lift starts from George Street, a gorgeous cobbled street with amazing restaurants and little shops full of hidden treasures. The lift ascends through a natural cave to the oldest Norman castle and Smugglers Adventure.
With so much to see and do in Hastings, it is best to give yourself a couple of days to enjoy it all. Accommodation starts at £59 for a 3 star hotel and £108 for a 5 star. To get there, driving takes about 2hours from London. Trains start at £30 for a Single journey.
The Lake District
A popular holiday destination and for good reason, mountains surround you along with plentiful forests and of course, lakes.
Famous for its relations to poets, most famously Beatrix Potter.
The National Park, established in 1951 with an extension in 2016 and in 2017 earned the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in Cumbria, the land is 3,000 feet above sea level and the park contains Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.
The park also includes the deepest and longest bodies of water, Wast Water and Lake Windermere.
With boat trips, mountain trails and more, The Lake District attracts over 15 million visitors a year.
The journey will take approximately 5 hours from London and there are many places to stay.
Forming the south-western tip of the UK and full of sandy beaches, rugged shoreline and National Trust wonders.
Land’s End is one of the biggest draws for tourists in Cornwall, being the most westerly point of Mainland England.
As the starting or finishing point of End to End journeys along with John O’Groats in Scotland.
The Land’s End Peninsula is a fantastic location for walkers and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Land’s End to Sennen Cove is a 3 mile walk with multiple routes to choose from difficulty wise. Sennen Cove is a huge favourite for surfers and is a must see for all visitors.
Make sure you get a picture at the Iconic signpost before heading off on your adventure.
Down the road from Land’s End is the stunning Minack theatre, one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres.
Built during the winter in 1931, the first performance took place in August 1932. Lizard lighthouse is just across Mounts Bay and the view is one in a million.
Open to visitors during the day as well as for theatre performances, this is a sight to see.
The National Trust portfolio in Cornwall is second to none, with many historical and cultural areas of beauty.
Our favourites are:
Driving to Cornwall can take a while, usually about 6 hours, however, from our experience it is well worth it. The scenery on the way down is beautiful and it also means you have transportation to get to all the amazing places without having to rely on public transport.
Accommodation costs varies around Cornwall, and there are also many more things to do within Cornwall.
Not everyone realises how important it is to have travel insurance for trips in the UK.
Regardless of where you travel to, it is vital to ensure you are covered for all eventualities. If you need to cancel your trip, no travel insurance means no money back.
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