Seeing Giant’s Causeway, whale watching in Scotland and visiting the Roman Baths have emerged among a list of British bucket list aspirations, a study has found. Spending the day at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, walking along Hadrian’s Wall and celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge also featured. A number of other quintessentially British experiences made it on to the list of must-dos, including enjoying a clotted cream tea in Cornwall and staying in a thatched cottage in the Cotswolds.
Despite these dreams, the survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by Sykes Holiday Cottages, revealed just how unexplored the UK really is, as Brits are more likely to have visited France, Spain and Italy than England’s home counties. According to the stats more than 6 in 10 (63%) have spent time in Spain, compared to just a third who’ve been to Surrey. And more Brits have visited France (67%) than Cornwall, Manchester and even London. In fact, the same number of us have travelled across the globe to Australia as those who have been across the border to Aberdeenshire (16%)!
And although Giant’s Causeway tops Brits’ home-based bucket list, only a quarter of the nation have visited Northern Ireland, where it’s located.
Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “Despite a desire to tick off our British bucket list experiences, these results show how undiscovered the country actually is. Lots of us are more likely to get on a plane or a ferry and go abroad than take in everything the UK has to offer. Although it’s brilliant to travel to 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!”
The study also found that the average Brit has visited just 15 out of nearly 50 counties in the UK – although more than 1 in 10 (11%) admit they’ve been to a maximum of three. In comparison, the average person has travelled to 10 different countries around the world.
The north-south divide is also ever-apparent in Brits’ travel choices, as almost 1 in 5 southerners said they’ve never ventured up north. And nearly half (48%) of the population of Wales and Scotland haven’t ever been to each other’s country.
The decision to holiday abroad must be affecting our knowledge of the UK, as a 10th of Brits think Land’s End is in Scotland – when that couldn’t be further from its location at the very foot of Cornwall. A further 12% think the Brecon Beacons is in Scotland, and 6% are even convinced that London is in the north west of the country.
Brits’ top 20 British bucket list experiences:
- Visit Giant’s Causeway
- Go whale watching in the Scottish Highlands
- Visit Bath’s Roman Baths
- Walk along Hadrian’s Wall
- See in the summer solstice at Stonehenge
- Spend a day at Wimbledon
- Enjoy a clotted cream tea in Cornwall
- Stay in a thatched cottage in the Cotswolds
- Visit the Edinburgh Festival
- Visit Buckingham Palace
- Watch a show on London’s West End
- See the White Cliffs of Dover
- Eat fresh fish and chips in Whitby
- Walk through Cheddar Gorge
- Climb Mount Snowdon
- Take a boat trip on Lake Windermere
- Stargazing in Northumberland
- See the crown jewels at the Tower of London
- Look for Nessie at Loch Ness
- Search for fossils on the Jurassic Coast
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- Rock of Ages: Stonehenge
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- White Cliffs, Ghosts and Military Tunnels: Dover
- The Cotswold Olimpick Games
- In Search of Nessie: Scotland’s Elusive Loch Ness Monster
- Fantastic Theatrics: The Edinburgh Festival