My Travel Bucket List: the United Kingdom + Ireland

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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.


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  • 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!)

Click here to explore more of the top things to do in England.


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  • ✔️️ 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.

Click here for more of the top attractions in Scotland.

Northern Ireland

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  • 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.

Click here to explore more of the top things to do in Northern Ireland


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  • 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.

Click here to see more of Wales’ top attractions.


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  • 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.

Click here to for more top attractions from Ireland.

Have I missed anything? What would you recommend I add to my list?

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Updated: February 17, 2017.


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