Although jumping on a plane and visiting a new city is one of my favourite things to do, discovering the U.K. is something I have always wanted to do more of.
I try to fit in a couple of trips to different cities in the year but with cheap flights, affordable Air BnB’s and amazing food on offer, sometimes going abroad seems like the best option.
This year I’ve made it one of my goals to explore more of the beautiful country I call home. Today I’m sharing with you the 14 places on my U.K. bucket list.
1. Scottish Highlands
Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world last year, and from the photos that were shared, it’s easy to see why. Scotland is one of those places that is so close to home, yet somewhere I’ve never discovered much of and I’d love to spend a good couple of weeks driving around.
Although I visited Oxford at the start of last year, Cambridge has always intrigued me for a visit. I’d love to learn more about the history of the university and take a boat down one of the beautiful canals – basically the Venice of the U.K.
I’d never really heard anyone talk about Exeter until a few years ago when Hannah Gale did a vlog from there, and since then, it’s firmly been on my list to visit. Think cobbled streets, gorgeous architecture and big open squares full of bars and restaurants – sold yet?
Although I’ve been to Leeds a couple of times, I really want to get to know the city better. I don’t really have an excuse seen as it’s only an hours drive from my house, so this year I’m going to make a real effort to explore some of the sights and meet the bloggers I follow from over there.
You may have never heard of this place before, but a couple bloggers I follow are from this area and the beaches look lovely. Cromer is situated on the cost of East Anglia and you can even go seal spotting which is something I never thought possible in the U.K.
I’ve been to London a million times before, but every time I go, I always leave wanting more, and not been able to fit in everything I wanted to. I’d love to spend more time in the capital this year and cross some things off my bucket list once and for all.
The middle of England is an area I’ve explored in great detail, and I’ve only ever been through Warwick on the train. I’ve always wanted to visit the castle and spend a bit of time discovering a place that is steeped in history.
8. The Cotswolds
I’m still not 100% sure what constitutes the Cotswolds, but everything I have seen and read has made it out to be the loveliest little collection of villages. I love quaint towns and independent shops, so it seems like the ideal place to visit.
I’ve only ever been south of London once before when we visited Brighton back in October, and Kent is one of those places that I’ve always had on my list to visit. Margate looks like such a beautiful seaside town with pastel coloured houses and a funfair. What’s not to love?
What says beautiful England more than Bath? I’ve watched a few videos on YouTube of different bloggers who have been there on trips, and it always looks so beautiful. I think Christmas would be an amazing time to visit.
My cousin went to university in Bristol and speaks so highly of the city that it’s been on my list for a while. I’ve heard that it’s got a similar vibe to Manchester, which makes me instantly intrigued. Also, anywhere with an annual hot balloon festival is always going to be of interest too.
Beaumaris is somewhere not too far from my house, on the coast of North Wales. From what I know, it looks like the most picturesque little place and is quite the destination for foodies.
I’ve only been to Cornwall once before, but the natural beauty of the beaches amidst the gorgeous countryside completely captured me.
The more I research Portmeirion, the more I am mesmerised that there can be something like that in the U.K. If you aren’t familiar, Portmeirion was created by Sir Clough William-Ellis in the style of an Italian village to capture the beauty of the country, but situated in North Wales. It’s also home to Festival Number 6, which has also been on my list for a few years to visit.
And there you have my U.K. bucket list – let’s see how many I’m able to cross off my list this year.
Have you ever been to these places? Where else would you recommend?