Staying in the UK over the summer holidays can be just as fun as going on a sun soaked holiday somewhere exotic.
We have put together 8 UK bucket list ideas for you and the family to enjoy! You can find loads more bucket list ideas for the UK and beyond here.
Visit Edinburgh Castle
The city of Edinburgh is a beautiful city with loads to see and do, but a must visit is the castle which dominates Scotland’s capital. Parts of the castle are still a military base, but the castle is now the major part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
Even better, coincide your visit with the One o’Clock Gun! The firing of the gun dates back to 1861 when it allowed ships in the Firth of Forth to set the maritime clocks they needed to navigate the world’s oceans.
Visit the Edinburgh Castle website for more information about the castle and opening times.
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Go Boating on Lake Windermere
A much more serene setting, this is one for those wanting to get back to nature with plenty of walking, hiking and biking.
On the water you can go canoeing, fishing or just take a cruise round on one of the many boat tours.
A chilled out place for some quality family time!
Explore Liverpool’s Albert Dock
Liverpool’s designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the setting of the dock is stunning and there are restaurants and bars all around as well as the much loved souvenir shops.
A great place to take your family with attractions such as The Beatles Story, the International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool
There are also loads of free events over the year, when we went there was a pirate show and loads of pirate actors entertaining the kids on land, so check out the Visit Liverpool website for more information.
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Visit Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill
In the Kent countryside, the former home and gardens of Sir Winston Churchill are now part of the National Trust.
As well as the house which is decorated as it was in the 1930s, there are lots of little places to explore in the gardens with the kids including ‘The Marycot’ which is a glorified wendy house and a bomb crater!
The kids can tick plenty of things off their 50 things to do before 11 ¾ list too!
Discover the Eden Project, Cornwall
It’s honeycomb biomes are the iconic image of this fantastic project but there is so much to see and do here. The Core has loads of buttons and handles to play with including a giant nutcracker. There is a rainforest walkway complete with weather exhibit and a big nest climbing frame to really wear the kids out.
The gardens are really spectacular all year round and it’s full of educational bits and pieces. If you are staying in the Cornwall area for your summer holidays, don’t miss this one!
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Take a Punt in Cambridge
Cambridge is a fantastic city, great for shopping, eating and loads of culture. A trip would not be complete without a bit of punting on the River Cam.
The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’ from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt.
King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs, are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see
Horse Ride in the New Forest
Again, there is so much to do in this beautiful part of the country, especially for an outdoorsy family. With all the wild horses wandering around you may be tempted to pet or even feed them, but they are wild animals so this is not a good idea! A much better option is to go on an arranged horse ride and take in the stunning surroundings.
As well as all the biking and walking we can really recommend a trip to Beaulieu Transport Museum, not just for car enthusiasts, and Exbury Gardens where you can ride a steam train as well as enjoy the expansive gardens and kids play areas.
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Admire the North Norfolk Coastline
Another cracking place to be over the summer, with its long pristine beaches including those at Holkham and Brancaster, the North Norfolk coastline is certainly worth a visit.
As well as the beaches there are some great family days out to enjoy from fairground rides at the Thursford Collection or the largest private collection of Military vehicles at the Muckleburgh Military Museum. You can take a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point or spending an afternoon riding the Poppy line on a steam train to see the Norfolk countryside.
Is there anywhere in particular you would recommend people visit in the UK over the summer? We would love to hear your favourite bucket list places, so let us know in the comments below!
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