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UK Bucket List: My Top Bucket List Places in the UK to Visit in 2020

(Last Updated On: 15/03/2020)

I am currently reviewing my UK Bucket List with the intention of exploring the best places to visit in the UK, ideally before the end of the year! Wish me luck!

UK Bucket List - Porthcurno beach

As a UK based travel blogger, one of the things I am most guilty of is not exploring my own country. Anyone else guilty of this? Whether you want to enjoy a blissful beach break to Brighton, walk York’s medieval street The Shambles, do a Harry Potter tour of London, explore the vast Dorset Jurassic Coast or simply want to book a hotel stay in The Cotswolds to enjoy the scenery; there is no time like the present and there are plenty of things to do in the UK. 

Coast-Path-Public-footpath-to-Porthcurno Cornwall

Whilst it may seem like yesterday, we were welcoming 2020 and setting down our new year’s resolutions, one thing that really stands out in my travel journals and previous two resolution posts is how I want to explore more of the UK.


Whilst exploring more of the UK is a fairly broad goal, I have narrowed a few bucket list UK locations down in particular. If I write them down, it will be sure to happen right?!

The Best Places to Visit in the UK


Steeped in history, I’ve always been intrigued by York’s cobbled streets and ancient city walls. Ghost stories and Gothic architecture come hand-in-hand in York and, I wanted to see York’s very own Diagon Alley, before tucking into a Yorkshire pud of course! 

I did this and more on my girls weekend in York – Did I mention York has the best brunch spots?!

I adored my time in York, if you haven’t visited, it really is a top bucket list place to visit in the UK.

I already want to revisit York to experience the festive York Christmas market, as it is rumoured to be the best Christmas market to visit in the UK. Watch this space!


I’ve never visited Scotland. Seeing pictures of Edinburgh’s landscape peppered in autumn hues from other Travel Bloggers’ posts last year has inspired me to visit this year. I want to explore Edinburgh Castle and sit on Arthur’s Seat (I’ll need to after that hike), whilst taking in the breathtaking landscape.

But, most of all I want to see the bridge and steam train that inspired J.K. Rowling and perhaps pretend for a moment that I’m not a muggle and I too can be chosen for Hogwarts!

Autumn in Edinburgh must happen!


From Jane Austen to historic Roman history, is it any wonder why Bath is on my British bucket list?! 

A Roman’s love for good food, wine and an overall lavish lifestyle is not something to be underestimated. I’d love to experience the torchlit visit to The Roman Baths, followed by dinner and a stay in a lavish boutique hotel. Oh, and if there is someone to feed me grapes, that would be good too!


The Cotswolds is one of my absolute favourites in the UK (after Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford Upon Avon, where I got engaged!) But, I’m always guilty of visiting the same place, Painswick (I love it there, ok!) If you’ve read my blog post about my stay at The Painswick I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s dreamy! 

Rolling Cotswolds views from The Painswick Hotel

During my last visit to Painswick, I did also enjoy tucking into the food at the Stroud Farmers Market and I really want to explore more of The Cotswolds.

Picturesque Painswick throught the porthole window

The quaint villages are full of character and each have their own tales about famous residents, which have more often than not, inspired books, poetry and films. If you are looking for a pretty place to visit in the UK, The Cotswolds is it! 

Cardynham house Bistro Tibbiwell Lane Painswick Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a place where you really do feel like you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole straight into a fairytale.

Lake District 

Another place I have “technically” visited before is the Lake District. In an act of spontaneity, I signed myself up to the blogger, Where’s Mollie Global Travellers Group trip to the Lake District. A weekend filled with adventure, I paddle-boarded, kayaked, hiked (blood, sweat and tears) and made a few friends along the way. I adored seeing the Lakes for the first time and the absolutely beautiful scenery. Windermere is lovely from what I could see on my brief visit and now I want to explore more of the Lake District.


I really want to do a road trip around Ireland to explore Ireland’s coastal areas and some Irish Game of Thrones hotspots! As I saw some Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik, it’s only right I see them in Ireland too! Of course, that would mean visiting Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland, a challenge I’m willing to accept.

I have been really drawn to scenic destinations over the past year, and driving around Iceland’s Golden Circle route really took my breath away. I can’t think of a better place nearby to enjoy a scenic coastal road trip and Ireland is top of my list!


It doesn’t feel right that I have never visited Manchester, one of England’s most iconic cities. I grew up watching Manchester United…ahem…David Beckham play, listening to Oasis and Take That. Manchester is a place that holds on to its heritage, despite being a bustling city and, seeing the togetherness, camaraderie and spirit come alive at the One Love Manchester concert inspires me to see what the city is all about. Manchester’s street art scene looks great too and this is another reason why I’d like to visit. 

In addition, it would be great to explore Manchester and share my experience to perhaps inspire others visiting the UK to visit Manchester rather than London.


After all the excitement of seeing the footballers in action, why not head to nearby Cheshire for a spot of relaxation? Whether you are wanting to book a spa day in Cheshire or you are after some retail therapy at Cheshire Oaks Shopping Centre; there’s plenty of relaxation to be had away from the hustle and bustle of Manchester. For fun, check out the many things to do in Chester – If I’m not admiring Chester Cathedral, you’re likely to find me checking out my favourite animals at Chester Zoo (I love the tv series!)


Yes, I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t visit Cornwall last summer (2018 aka the hottest summer ever…) when pictures of Cornwall literally looked like the Med! 


Whilst quite possibly, my biggest regret of 2018, I did get the opportunity to visit Cornwall a couple of weeks ago when I was invited to stay at the aptly named, The Cornwall Hotel. A very beautiful boutique hotel, I must add (my favourite kind!)

And, I was so glad I did. I honestly could not believe I hadn’t visited Cornwall before now. Three days in Cornwall felt like I had been away for two weeks and I’m already yearning to return. I know I’m kinda cheating by adding Cornwall in but I feel like I have barely scratched the surface and I want more!

Sat between the ragged rocks watching the wildflowers blow in the sea breeze, overlooking a blend of deep blue and unbelievable turquoise waters, I really felt a real sense of being. It occurred to me I didn’t need to hop on a plane to a foreign destination all the time, when I have such beauty on my doorstep (give or take a 5 hour drive…)

Bucket List Places in the UK to Visit

So, there you have it 8 British Bucket List Places to Visit in the UK. What places are on your UK bucket list this year?

Read more of my England posts:

How to Enjoy the Perfect Girls Weekend in York

Cornwall Road Trip: 3 Day Itinerary

Girls Weekend in Brighton

Cotswolds Retreat in Painswick

If you have any tips or recommendations for these destinations I would be very grateful, let me know below đŸ™‚



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