Unmissable UK travel experiences: From castles to causeways - how many have you done?

The UK is spoilt for choice when it comes to staycation spots and days out, with everything from the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District to Scotland’s scenic North Coast 500 to explore. While many of us will visit a handful of these iconic places throughout our lives, new research has revealed that there are at least 40 must-see spots that simply can’t be missed. Whether you’re looking for culture, history, or a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone on NatWest’s list of unmissable places to visit at least once. Read on to see how many you’ve already ticked off the list.

Exploring every corner of the UK is something many of us dream of, but how often do we actually take the time to do it?

According to research commissioned by NatWest, a staggering 84 percent of the nation admitted that there is a long list of places they have “yet to explore” across the country, but it’s not always as simple as packing up and heading off on a trip away.

With so much to see and often so little time to plan ahead, Express.co.uk reveals the top 40 places you need to visit, so you can focus on working through your British travel bucket list.

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  • Swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Pentle Bay, Tresco, while exploring the white sandy shores on the Isles of Scilly
  • Looking upon 2,000 miles worth of rivers and canals while boating across the country
  • Hiking and camping in the vast Epping Forest in Essex
  • Enjoying nature with a ‘touch of luxury’ whilst glamping in the New Forest
  • Visiting Devon and Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast to discover prehistoric fossils
  • Breathing in the fresh sea air during a coastal hike along the Seven Sisters, Sussex
  • Cycling along a former railway line, the Tissington trail, in the Peak District
  • Going surfing on the 19 miles of coastline in North Devon
  • Hiring a traditional punt to sail under the Bridge of Sighs on the River Cam, Cambridge

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Tours and road trips are the best way to experience the unbelievable Scottish sights all at once.

Why not try:

  • Taking the ‘ultimate’ road trip on Scotland’s North Coast 500 to see spectacular wildlife, landscape and the imposing Dunrobin Castle
  • Taking a scenic drive from Glasgow to Fort William up the A82 for peak Scottish views
  • Joining a whiskey tasting tour at a Scottish distillery in Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland or Speyside
  • Hiring a kayak off the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Lewis

Northern Ireland

While there is plenty to see in Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway simply can’t be missed.

Climb the basalt steps of the famous causeway in County Antrim for an experience to remember.

Be sure to book a walking gin tour through the iconic pubs and artisan distilleries in Belfast for the full Irish experience.

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