What do Britons have on their Bucket List?

Bucket Lists include activities like going to Wimbledon, Looking for Nessie at Loch Ness, eating a deep fried Mars bar and watching Whales in Wales.

From film title to phenomenon, the rise of the bucket list has become a great motivational tool to help Britons live life to the fullest according to a new report out today. Nearly half of Britons (47%) have a UK bucket list in place with attending Wimbledon, enjoying afternoon tea at the Ritz, exploring Giant’s Causeway, visiting the British Museum and admiring the Crown Jewels at Tower of London being in the top five must do activities in their lifetime.

The survey conducted by Travelodge with 2,000 British adults revealed that the average person’s UK bucket list contains 16 experiences or achievements that they hope to accomplish during their lifetime.

On average Britons think that it will take them 11 years to accomplish their UK bucket list.

Six out of ten (60%) respondents claim having a bucket list is good for their wellbeing as it keeps them focused. Whilst a fifth (20%) of British adults in a relationship reported that having a bucket list is good for their relationship – as sharing a bucket list experience brings them closer together.

The nation’s top twenty UK bucket list experiences include:
  1. Going to Wimbledon
  2. Having afternoon tea at the Ritz, London
  3. Visiting Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  4. Visiting the British Museum, London
  5. Seeing the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
  6. Exploring the Lake District
  7. Going to the Isle of Skye
  8. Experiencing the Edinburgh Tattoo
  9. Attending the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
  10. Seeing a show in the London West End
  11. Walking Hadrian’s Wall
  12. Exploring the Shetland Islands
  13. Attending Notting Hill Carnival, London
  14. Seeing the capital from the London Eye
  15. Exploring York
  16. Attending Glastonbury Festival
  17. Visiting the Roman Baths in Bath
  18. Exploring Snowdonia
  19. Taking a selfie at John O’ Groats
  20. Visiting Edinburgh Castle

The survey also revealed that having a bucket list is more popular with adults aged 18 to 29 years old at (58%) compared to 30 -54 years old which is 46 per cent and Britons aged 55 and over which is 43 per cent.

Interestingly across all age groups going to Wimbledon is the top activity on their UK bucket lists, followed by afternoon tea at the Ritz.

  18-29 30-54 55 and over
1 Go to Wimbledon Go to Wimbledon Go to Wimbledon
2 Have afternoon tea at the Ritz Have afternoon tea at the Ritz Have afternoon tea at the Ritz
3 Walk, sail or cycle in the lake district Go to the Tower of London Explore the British countryside by steam train
4 Visit the British Museu Walk Hadrian’s Wall Explore the Isle of Skye
5 Go to Glastonbury Festival Walk, sail or cycle in the lake district Visit Giant’s Causeway
6 Try a deep fried Mars Bar Visit Giant’s Causeway Go to the Eden Project
7 Climb Ben Nevis Visit the Roman Baths Ride the Settle to Carlisle Railway
8 Experience Notting Hill Carnival Go to Edinburgh Festival Walk Hadrian’s Wall
9 Explore the Isle of Skye Go up the London Eye Experience the Edinburgh Festival
10 Go to Edinburgh Festival Explore York Go to the Tower of London

The report also revealed that Chester has the highest percentage of adults that have a bucket list in place at 79%, followed by Brighton at 63% and Liverpool at 60%.

Detailed below is a top ten list of cities where residents are most likely to have a bucket list:
  1. Chester
  2. Brighton
  3. Liverpool
  4. York
  5. Gloucester
  6. Newcastle
  7. Cardiff
  8. Worcester
  9. Southampton
  10. Edinburgh

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said:

“It’s encouraging to see that so many Britons have a UK bucket list in place, especially amongst the younger generations. Britain has a rich fabric of culture and there are so many amazing adventures to be had on our very door step. You can easily swap a meal out for a short break, we have rooms from £29 making it affordable for everyone to achieve their UK bucket list.”

Britons Top 50 UK Bucket List
  1. Going to Wimbledon
  2. Have afternoon tea at the Ritz
  3. Visit Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
  4. Visit the British Museum
  5. Go to the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels
  6. Exploring the Lake District
  7. Going to the Isle of Skye
  8. Visiting the Edinburgh Tattoo
  9. Attending the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
  10. Seeing a London West end show
  11. Walk Hadrian’s Wall
  12. Exploring the Shetland Islands
  13. Attending the Notting Hill Carnival
  14. Going up the London Eye
  15. Exploring York
  16. Attending Glastonbury festival
  17. Visit the Roman baths in Bath
  18. Going to Snowdonia
  19. Taking a selfie at John O’ Groats
  20. Visiting Edinburgh Castle
  21. Exploring the British countryside by steam train
  22. Seeing London from the top of the Shard
  23. Taking a boat ride on Lake Windermere
  24. Exploring the Peak District
  25. Going to Buckingham Palace
  26. Finding Nessie at Loch Ness
  27. Seeing the Christmas lights on Oxford Street (London)
  28. Trying a deep fried Mars Bar
  29. Attending the British Grand Prix
  30. Having afternoon tea in Cornwall
  31. Taking a tour of the Houses of Parliament
  32. Going to a Six Nations rugby match
  33. Climbing Ben Nevis
  34. Going to the Eden Project
  35. Visiting Windsor Castle
  36. Visiting Cadbury’s World
  37. Exploring Sherwood Forest
  38. Going to Westminster Abbey
  39. Watching a Shakespeare play in Stratford upon Avon
  40. Seeing Whales off the Welsh Coast
  41. Going to a night at the Proms at the Albert Hall
  42. Picking fossils along the Jurassic Coast
  43. Exploring the white sand beaches of The Hebrides
  44. Seeing Blackpool Illuminations
  45. Walking the Thames Path
  46. Taking a ferry across the Mersey
  47. Exploring Cheddar Gorge in Somerset
  48. Going to Royal Ascot
  49. Seeing Trooping of the Colour
  50. Standing at the edge of the country at Land’s End

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