Swim in the Fairy Pools #britophilebucketlist

Life is short.

There is no getting around it. We tend to think that things will go on like this forever, the work, the people, the house, the hobbies, but in the back of our minds where we shove all our childhood trauma and 80s apparel, we know it won’t.

Yet it’s all too easy to fall into a mundane pattern of life, putting off wild adventures until “next time.” That is why the bucket list was invented.

A phrase only about 10 years old, it’s a vivid catchall term for life goals. What do you want to do before you “kick the bucket”? What are your wildest dreams, those things that, if left undone, would lead to regrets on your deathbed? As Britophiles obsessed with all things British, of course we have Pinterest boards full of beautiful places we’d love to experience for ourselves, but what about making concrete goals with a due date?

I’ve compiled a list of 16 British bucket list items that resonate with me. How many more are on your list?

Swim in the Fairy Pools 
Pictured above, these mysteriously crystal-clear pools are found on the Isle of Skye, near Glenbrittle. The water is cold, but what is it worth to say you swam here?

Hike Hadrian’s Wall

Hike Hadrian's Wall #britophilebucketlist

This is one that I’ve actually done. I didn’t hike the whole thing, but a portion of it was enough to impress me with the genius of the ancient Romans and the gorgeous countryside of North East England.

Pet a Shetland Pony (in the Shetland Islands, of course)

Pet a Shetland Pony (in the Shetland Islands of course) #britophilebucketlist

Holiday in a Cotswold Cottage

Holiday in a Cotswold cottage #britophilebucketlist

I’ve done this one too. Unforgettable experience.

Attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey

Attend Evensong at Westminster Abbey #britophilebucketlist

Get Lost in Dartmoor

Get lost in Dartmoor #britophilebucketlist

Truly wild places are hard to find in England, but Dartmoor is as mysterious and isolated as ever.

Watch a Shakespeare Play at the Globe

Watch a Shakespeare Play at the Globe #britohphilebucketlist

The Bard’s art, as it was meant to be seen.

See inside the Houses of Parliament 

See inside the Houses of Parliament #britophilebucketlist

We’ve all seen the outside of Westminster Palace over and over again, but what about the inside? For only £25 you can tour the inside of Britain’s most famous government building. Unfortunately, only permanent UK residents can tour the Elizabeth Tower and see Big Ben.

Climb Ben Nevis 

Climb Ben Nevis #britophilebucketlist

As the tallest mountain in the British Isles, this highpoint of the Scottish Highlands is a must for any mountaineering Britophile.

Eat Candy Floss while Watching the Blackpool Illuminations

Eat Candy Floss while Watching the Blackpool Illuminations #britophilebucketlist

Get Married at a Castle

Get married at a castle #britophilebucketlist
For you singles out there, what could be more romantic than a wedding in a castle?

Visit Stonehenge at Dawn

Visit Stonehenge at dawn #britophilebucketlist

Anyone can visit Stonehenge, but sightseers are generally kept far away from the ancient stone circle. However, by filling out an application and paying far in advance, it’s possible to be one of 26 people to enter inside the circle, either at dawn or late in the evening.

Shop at Portobello Market
 Shop at Portobello Market #britophilebucketlist

Perhaps London’s most iconic market (Notting Hill, anyone?), Portobello Road is your one-stop shop for fashion, second-hand goods, and hot food.

Tour the Shambles

Tour the Shambles #britophilebucketlist

Flirt with Puffins

Flirt with puffins #britophilebucketlist

These irresistible birds are my favorites. Make it a goal to visit some of Britain’s top puffin-watching sites.

Tour the Hampton Court Maze

Tour the Hampton Court maze #britophilebucketlist

Touted as the most famous maze in the world, it was commissioned by William III (of “William and Mary” fame) around 1700 at the glorious Hampton Court Palace.

Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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  1. Carol Reply

    Absolutely the best site for everything Britain I have ever found. Thank you so much for all this information. I am planning a trip to Britain in 2016 and this has so many helpful ideas

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