Until we moved to Leeds, I hadn’t spent any time in the UK (save for that 1.5 whirlwind trip in June, which I don’t really count), so I hope to make the most of our new home base and explore, explore, EXPLORE!
I could honestly write a novel about all of the things I hope we accomplish in these next few months, but, I won’t. In order to save you from spending years scrolling through a list, I’ve narrowed it down. You’re welcome.
Here are the top ten things I’d like to see, do, eat and explore in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.
- Explore London. Visiting London is long overdue (pretty sure I’m the only travel blogger who’s never been) and I look forward to taking it all in–seeing Big Ben, visiting Buckingham Palace, crossing the Tower Bridge, and so much more! And, although I know I’ll be terrified, I’m totally intrigued by the London Eye.
- Drink a proper cup of tea (perhaps with a biscuit).
- See Stonehenge.
- Visit Canterbury Cathedral. Dave’s 101-year-old Gran has spoken so highly of the Canterbury Cathedral since we announced our intentions to move, so I think it would be wrong not to make a visit, and maybe send her a postcard.
- See the Jurassic Coast.
- Explore the Cotswolds. I can’t wait to step back in time and visit these honey-coloured towns and villages.
- The Roman Baths.
- Spend a day exploring The Lakes.
- ✔️️ Experience the pub culture, everywhere.
- Visit the Lizard Peninsula (which, as far as I can tell, is not actually home to lizards, phew!)
- ✔️️ Explore Edinburg.
- Attend the Viking fire festival of Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Shetland.
- ✔️️ Try a scotch egg.
- Swim in the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye.
- Roam the Scottish Highlands.
- Visit Glasgow.
- See the pink sand beaches of the Angus Coast.
- ✔️️ Eat haggis. When in Rome, right?!
- Search for the Loch Ness Monster.
- Lounge on the white sand beach of the Outer Hebrides.
- Explore Belfast.
- Wander throughout St. George’s Market (Belfast).
- Eat an Ulster fry.
- Drive the causeway coastal route.
- Wander the Giant’s Causeway.
- Roam the Glens of Antrim.
- See the City Walls of Derry.
- Eat Boxty.
- See the dune landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve.
- Sample Ardglass potted herring, a herring that is marinated in vinegar, rolled with bay leaf and baked with bread crumbs.
- Explore Snowdon and Snowdonia National Park.
- Ride the Ffestiniog Railway through the Snowdonia Mountains.
- See a rugby match.
- Explore Cardiff.
- Eat cheese.
- Visit Abereiddy to see it’s Blue Lagoon (which is actually a green hue).
- Get up close to the puffins on Skomer Island.
- Visit Conwy, one of Wales’ finest walled medieval towns.
- Eat Cawl.
- Visit the Pembrokeshire Coast.
- Eat a Welsh rarebit.
- Visit Dublin.
- See the Cliffs of Moher (from a distance, natch.)
- See the Gaelic games (Gaelic football, hurling, or both).
- Drink Guinness.
- Explore Killarney National Park.
- Eat Irish stew.
- Wear an Aran Sweater on the Aran Islands.
- Spend an afternoon in the pubs of Galway.
- Visit the English Market in Cork.
- See the Rock of Cashel.
Have I missed anything? What would you recommend I add to my list?
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Updated: February 17, 2017.