A UK Bucket List

A UK Bucket List
River Ouse York

Whilst everyone else seems to be set on travelling the world, I wanted to write a bit of a bucket list for the next year or so, of places I want to visit that are a little closer to home. Let’s face it, I don’t quite have the disposable income for a spontaneous trip to the Maldives (HOW ARE PEOPLE DOING THIS?!). I’m determined to make the most of the places which are closer by and I really want to improve my confidence when it comes to distance driving. Also, whilst I’m not restricted by school holidays or arranging breaks in line with a partner, it seems like the perfect timing for a few getaways. Here are the places I want to see in the next year or so.

The Lake District
I spent a lot of time here with my family as a child but it’s been many years since I last went to the Lakes. I love Keswick and Borrowdale, so I’m keen to go back, explore, see how things have changed and spend time in such a beautiful, tranquil setting. As a totally non-outdoorsy type, I definitely won’t be climbing any mountains in a hurry, but I would like to push myself to spend more time seeing stunning scenery.

Again, somewhere I haven’t been to in years, but it’s so full of history, Harry Potter was born there and I feel like whilst I’ve visited before as a tourist, I haven’t got the best out of it. I really want to go and spend a couple of days seeing the city – especially when it’s  only a few hours away on the train from York, I have no excuse.

I really love the city, so I’m keen to go back. Luckily, I have two weekends in Liverpool booked already as both my 5k and 10k races are there, so I’m hoping to see a little more of the city this time as it’s such a lovely place to be. I’ve done some touristy bits before, but I feel like there’s still more to see.

Again, I’ve been to London so many times, but there’s still so much I haven’t seen. I’m going down there in September for a couple of days to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but I’m hoping that whilst I’m there I can fit in a trip to the Natural History Museum, as I haven’t been since I was a kid. I’m planning on extending my trip in September to include a trip back to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour as well so I can have a few seriously nerdy days.

This is definitely on the list because I’m easily influenced by YouTube #SorryNotSorry. I spend a lot of time watching people like Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes and their vlogger squad in Brighton and it seems like such a lovely place to be – it’s made me really keen to go there to visit and see the places that I usually only see on a screen.

I can definitely do this one in a day as it’s quite literally down the road from Leeds but it’s just somewhere which is bloody beautiful and quaint and pretty. In fact, it’s the type of place I’d want to live when I retire. A day spent in cute cafes, walking down cobbled streets and browsing little boutiques is what I need, so I’ll definitely be ticking this one off over the summer.

So, that’s where I want to go over the next year or so, is there anywhere you’d recommend? Please let me know in the comments!


  1. Ah Knaresborough is lovely - there's a lot of beautiful places in the world but those pretty little Yorkshire market towns are hard to beat!

  2. Love this! Leaves me feeling inspired to visit more places in the UK. I adore Liverpool, it's definitely my fave city aside from Leeds - I've never been to Brighton but heard so many good things! Hope you manage to visit them all :) leanne x

  3. I went to Brighton once, but it was only for one day so I definitely need to go back. I don't know about Knaresborough but as i'm in Yorkshire at the moment as well, i'm going to have a look into this place, it sounds right up my street. I want to visit Bath, Oxford, Cambridge and the areas that feature on Midsomer Murders as they look so quaint!
    Amy at Amy & More

  4. I love the lakes. Like you, it's where my childhood was spent as we have family there. However, as I got older and my parents also, we stopped going out and about as much, so I'd love to take some time there to wonder.
    Ditto again on Edinburgh. I've been as a child, but not since. It has so much to offer. I'd love to spend a few days there.
    Knaresborough and also Harrogate are both on list of places to visit locally. Being Yorkshire bred, I feel a bit of a fake for having never been to either!

    Let me know if you need a travelling buddy!