Study finds the UK’s bucket list of places to visit

As we’re Lifestyle Financial Planners very much focused on lifestyle, we thought we’d share this UK bucket list of places to visit.

We’ve all got an inner explorer; for some of us it can be satiated by a long afternoon of bushwhacking our way through a home counties garden centre, but for others there’s a desire to see something a bit further afield. No matter your preference though, you don’t have to travel halfway across the world for unique experiences: the UK has plenty to offer.

Thanks to a study by Sykes Holiday Cottages, we now know where we’d most like to visit, and to what extent the British Isles are undiscovered by most. The report revealed that British citizens are more likely to have visited France, Spain and Italy than many of the UK’s own impressive destinations.

Sykes’ CEO, Graham Donoghue, said, “Lots of us are more likely to get on a plane or a ferry and go abroad, than take in everything that the UK has to offer. Although it’s brilliant to see other countries and cultures, many people would be surprised at how much there is to see just a hundred miles away from their hometown – Britain isn’t called great for nothing!”

With that notion in mind, here are the 5 greatest locations and experiences that topped their chart of where Briton’s would like to explore, in Britain.

5. Boat trips on Lake Windermere

England’s largest lake, Windermere, can be found in the aptly named Lake District. It’s a popular destination, with over 1.2million visitors sailing on its waters each year, but there are still many more who are yet to discover it…

4. Stargazing in Northumberland

Northumberland is home to the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe. Across the impressive 572 square miles of Dark Sky Park, 96% of that sky boasts the lowest levels of light pollution around; on a clear, moonless night, you can even see the milky way draped across the sky.

3. Seeing the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

A world famous collection; since the first coronation ceremony of 1066, the 23,578 gemstones that make up the Crown Jewels are in use to this day by the British Monarchy. Part of the Royal Collection, the jewels bring in tourists from across the globe, and don’t fail to strike up interest in those closer to home.

2. Looking for Nessie at Loch Ness

Deep in the Scottish Highlands (just south west of Inverness…) is the home and namesake of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Public interest was sparked by a number of alleged sightings in 1933, and the expanse of water still attracts curious visitors and would-be cryptozoologists on the hunt for the elusive creature.

1. Searching for fossils on the Jurassic Coast

The 95 mile long stretch of coastline is a UNESCO World Heritage site and can be considered the birthplace of paleontology. Described as “a near continuous story of Earth’s history across 250 million years, laid out before your very eyes” it’s the perfect place for a budding fossil hunter or anyone with an interest in how the natural world came to be in its current state.