When I get itchy feet and start looking at new places to go and sights to see – I always seem to find myself down the rabbit hole of places I know I will never visit (I just like to look at the pretty pictures and imagine myself with a cocktail, or some other relevant alcoholic beverage!).
So, when it came time for me to write my own post about places I want to visit – I thought I would set some guidelines:
- Make it realistic – Am I likely to go there within the next 5 years?
- Make it local(ish) – All the locations I have chosen are in the UK, I may write one venturing across the channel in the future
- Include a thing to do/ spotlight at each location – I think this will just be fun for when I’m researching the places
With the rules set and my imagination doing overtime… here are the places I want to visit – UK edition:
The medieval and Georgian capital of Scotland – Edinburgh is a hilly city home to Scotland’s crown jewels, the Stone of Destiny and imposing peaks including Arthurs Seat. With so much to do and see, it is a city of wonders.
Set on volcanic rock in the middle of a bustling city and full to the brim with history (history will be a running theme here), Edinburgh Castle has been on my ‘to-visit’ list for a long time. You can even book a tour so you don’t miss any of the good and gory bits!
The Cotswolds are full of English market towns that are stereotypically English surrounded by countryside and large open spaces – known as the Largest Area of Outstanding Beauty in England and Wales – it is the perfect place for anyone who likes the great outdoors or a good ol’ country pub!
This one is a little bit of a cheat because we are going there in April 2020, my cousin got me a gin and whiskey tour at this distillery for a birthday present so we have booked a cute little b&b and plan to get gin/whiskey drunk then enjoy an evening with good old fashioned pub grub by a roaring fire.
With a coastline stretching 422 miles, Cornwall is arguably one of the most picturesque counties with beaches, cliffs and coves plus castles and tin mines throughout.
Cornwall is known for its hearty food and the pasties are at the top of that list – after a bit of googling, Cornwall Life suggests St Ives Bakery and their Instagram looks fantastic!
To me, Kent is like London but different – it borders Greater London and claims to be one of the oldest counties in England and is known as the ‘Garden of England’ as described by King Henry VIII…
Speaking of the Tudors… I am big fan! Especially Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Hever Castle is her childhood home and was later owned by Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, so this place was definitely on my list. I would love to stay over in one of the guest houses and properly explore the grounds that were once roamed by some of my favourite historical figures.
Another UK Capital – Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is a buzzing hub for nights-out with quaint pubs and good food! Belfast is also well known for its connection to the ill-fated Titanic.
The Titanic Experience immerses you in the story of the Titanic in the city where it all began – Belfast. With interactive galleries and to-scale reconstructions you can truly understand the story from start to finish – not just what Hollywood wanted you to see (although I am a fan of the movie!).
The last Capital city on this list is Cardiff, Wales’ largest city. Cardiff is famed for its mix of architecture, buzzing night life and top-quality shopping.
I think Castles are a peak interest of mine and a night time cinema at a castle is right up my alley. From what I understand the Luna Cinema is a staple in the Castle’s calendar during the summer – noted for this to be a summer trip!
Shamelessly inspired by the iconic TV programme – Derry Girls – this City has made its way onto this list because of its history, picturesque scenery, and I just feel relaxed when I look at pictures of the place!
Opened in 2007, this museum’s focus is the events between 1968-1972 known as ‘Free Derry’ – the story is told from the point of view of the people. Guided tours are also available, led by those who experienced the conflicts.
Ludlow is a medieval market town famous for its good food; from food festivals to Michelin star restaurants – Ludlow is the place to be for any UK based foodie!
Immerse yourself in medieval society at a gorgeous castle set in the Shropshire countryside – from Norman Fortress to the house of Kings, Ludlow castle has made its stain on English history and I can’t wait to roam its grounds.
Salisbury is a Cathedral City; whose cathedral was built in the 13th-century and boasts a massive 123m spire – and is home to the famous Magna Carta (as a side note).
Another fascinating place a mere 9-miles from Salisbury is Stonehenge, a Neolithic stone circle that is shrouded in mystery and we are still trying to decipher its exact use to this day.
Portsmouth made this list as it is the birth-place of my Grandad and I have always wanted to visit this port city. In a nut-shell Portsmouth is a naval base on the south coast of England.
Now, back to my love of the Tudors – Described as Henry VIII’s favourite ship, the Mary Rose sank outside Portsmouth in 1545 and was pulled to the surface in 1982. The thing that fascinates me about this place is that it states to open the world of 1545 to you and that is something I am very intrigued by.
Honorary mention: Coventry, my home town!
If you’re looking for a place to visit and things to do – Coventry is a great base in the midlands for you to enjoy lots of local attractions including:
- Two Cathedrals!
- Warwick Castle
- Kenilworth Castle
- Birmingham Christmas Market
- Transport Museum
- Herbert Art Gallery
- Fargo Village
- Coombe Abbey
- Plus, much more!
If you could go anywhere in the UK, where would you go? Let me know in the comments – it might just make my bucket list…