UK Travel Bucket List

Bucket lists. We've all got one – things we want to do before we pop our clogs; or reach an important age milestone. Whether we fulfil them in our lifetime or not, personal bucket lists push us to be greater and achieve more. Usually, bucket lists involve places and things that are seemingly exotic or remote to us - like seeing the Seven Wonders of the World; or swimming with Dolphins in Florida. But what about the UK? We have such a huge variety of awesome activities and places right on our very own doorstep. So we asked our Cool Places readers: what's the one thing you want to do in the UK before you finally hang your hat to rest for good? 

Our top 50 favourite answers:


  1. Complete a triathlon of air sports in one day: paraglide in the Lake District, then ride a hot air balloon and parachute off of it
  2. Take a gypsy caravan pulled by horses through Scotland
  3. Pan for gold in the Welsh mountains
  4. Explore the closed and forgotten stations and tunnels of the London Underground
  5. Have a picnic in a rowing boat on Derwentwater dressed in full Victorian costume
  6. Streak at London Fashion Week
  7. Sleep in a working lighthouse on a cold winter's night
  8. Visit every county in the UK
  9. Sing with Vera Lynn at the White Cliffs of Dover
  10. Go to Madame Tussauds dressed as a celebrity and randomly pose in a room
  11. Throw a pin on a map of the UK and go wherever it lands
  12. Go on a foraging holiday and live on and with nothing but nature
  13. Run the length of Hadrian's Wall
  14. Explore the UK in a VW Campervan
  15. Cave trampolining in Blaenau Ffestiniog
  16. Take a selfie at John O'Groats and Land's End
  17. Drive the Coastal Causeway Route
  18. Whale-watching in Scotland
  19. Walk the Penine Way
  20. Have a canal boat adventure
  21. Rock climb the Old Man of Stoer
  22. Island hop the Scottish Isles
  23. Hitch Hike to Stonehenge
  24. Hydro Zorbing
  25. Do a skydive
  26. White water rafting in Wales
  27. See the Puffins on Lundy, Skomer or Staffa Island
  28. Take part in the Highland Games
  29. Swim with the Loch Ness Monster
  30. Ride a helicopter over London 
  31. Surf the Severn Bore
  32. Do the Chiltern 100
  33. Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in Scotland
  34. Go to Glastonbury Festival
  35. Do the largest zip wire in Europe at Zip World in north Wales
  36. Sail from Scrabster to Orkney
  37. Try bog snorkelling
  38. Complete a marathon
  39. Complete the Coast to Coast walk either on foot or by bike
  40. Stay in a tree house
  41. Take a selfie with a Highland cow
  42. Visit Bridges Park forest in Ireland
  43. Learn to surf
  44. Take a month off and walk the entire Wales Coastal Path
  45. Drive an F1 car around Silverstone
  46. Stay overnight in a castle
  47. Celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh
  48. Complete the Three Peaks Challenge
  49. Abseil down the Marquis of Anglesey Column
  50. Go glamping

Big thanks to everyone who submitted their top UK bucket list wish - and a special thanks to Carrie Lou Talbot-Ashby who submitted this fantastic poem for her bucket list suggestion. Hopefully – like us – you're now inspired to go out and make some of your bucket list wishes happen.

**Congratulations to Jenny Bown, who submitted the winning bucket list suggestion (no.1 above). Jenny has won an adventure weekend break in Wales for two. She'll stay at the beautiful Hidden Valley Yurts for three blissful nights, cooking over the campfire under the stars, and she'll also enjoy an adventure day out in the Wye Valley with Inspire2Adventure - open water canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling.**