The Great British Bucket List

It’s the Easter bank holiday and people up and down the land are celebrating it by spending time with family, jetting off for a long weekend or even just spending a little too much time in a beer garden than is sensible.

The sun is out but threatening to disappear – it’s a bank holiday, after all – and the newspapers are full of traffic stories as there’s not really very much else going on. News has taken the long weekend off too.



Well timed then comes the Great British Bucket List, a compilation of the top 50 things to do in the UK before you die.

Top of the poll, compiled by AskJeeves, is that great British tradition of eating fish and chips on a seaside pier. In fact food features quite heavily on the list with haggis, Gordon Ramsey and picnics all making the top 50.

Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, the Ffestiniog railway in Wales and Ben Nevis were just some of the natural landmarks on the list, along with tourist favourites Tower Bridge, Stonehenge and the Lake District.



The country’s love of sport was also reflected in the list of British must-dos with holding the FA Cup, attending a Six Nations rugby game and watching the London Marathon all recommended.

But where would the Britain be without its eccentricity? The weird and wonderful Portmeirion in Wales, watching a boxset of Only Fools and Horses and eating a deep fried Mars bar are among the wackier selection of tips.

Portmeirion, where cult TV classic The Prisoner was filmed


Of all the things on the list, I’ve done a rather measly 18 of them. I don’t particularly desire to watch a live recording of the X Factor but watching the fireball ceremony in Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year’s Eve has long been on my bucket list.

Here’s the list in full. How many can you check off?

1. Eat fish and chips on a seaside pier

2. See whales off Wales

3. Go to a night at the Proms at the Albert Hall

4. Visit Giant’s Causeway

5. Have a picnic at an open air concert

6. Go up in the London Eye

7. Travel Scotland’s West Coast by rail

8. Watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon

9. Dine in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant

10. Go to a British Grand Prix

11. See inside the Houses of Parliament

12. Get the Ffestiniog railway in Snowdonia

13. Go to Glastonbury festival

14. Hold the FA Cup trophy in your hands

15. Take in the view from the top of the Shard

16. Be at Stonehenge on longest day of the year

17. See the Trooping the Colour

18. Go to a cricket test match

19. Visit ‘The Prisoner’ village in Portmeirion, Wales

20. Have tea at Betty’s tearooms, Harrogate

21. See a traditional Christmas pantomime

22. Watch a British player at Wimbledon

23. Do a ‘Wainwright’ walk in the Lake District

24. Drive round Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent

25. Visit a whisky distillery

26. Go to a Six Nations rugby match

27. Go on a Jack the Ripper guided walk in London’s East End

28. Have a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV’s Coronation Street

29. See Lake Windermere by boat

30. Go on a historic London pub tour

31. Experience the Notting Hill Carnival

32. Try a deep fried Mars Bar

33. See the fireball ceremony at Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year’s Eve

34. Sail round the Isle of Wight

35. Attend the Grand National, Guineas and Gold Cup horse races

36. Go to a World Darts Final

37. Take a selfie at both John O’Groats and Land’s End

38. Take a ferry across the Mersey

39. Climb Ben Nevis

40. See Tower Bridge raised

41. Visit Borough food market, London

42. Eat Haggis on Burns Night, in Scotland

43. See Morris Dancers at a country pub

44. See the Christmas Lights on Oxford Street

45. Be at a recording of X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent

46. See Blackpool Illuminations

47. Watch a boxset of Only Fools and Horses

48. Watch the Boat Race

49. Attend first day of Harrods sale

50. Watch the London Marathon live

:: The British bucket list was compiled from a survey of 1,000 people who use the internet search engine Ask Jeeves.

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3 Responses to The Great British Bucket List

  1. Kate says:

    I’ve done an even poxier 10. Oh well!

  2. Kathy says:

    Oh man, I’ve done two (Stratford and Notting Hill). Do I have to send my passport back?

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