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Special days out I want to experience in the UK


I’ve already done a list of the different weekend breaks I’d like to do in England, but there are still so many specific experiences I want to do that didn’t quite fit the first list. I’m generally more of a city break person, but there are some places outside of the cities that I really want to experience and that I feel will be such wonderful and special experiences. I’d love to do one of these for my 30th birthday next year – I think it could be a pretty special way to kick off a new decade! 


(Clearly, these photos have nothing to do with this post, but let’s just imagine that I was writing this list whilst sipping my tea in Grind…)



The Jacobite steam train aka “the Harry Potter train” in Scotland 


By far the one experience I want to do the most out of all of these is the Jacobite steam train journey in the Scottish Highlands. Going from Fort William to Mallaig, the train passes so many amazing sights, like Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in Britain) and River Morar (the shortest river in Britain), but most of all it’s known from the Harry Potter films, which makes the whole thing even more magical. The views look absolutely incredible, and I’d love the opportunity to explore the highlands on their own too, especially after reading this incredible post by The Londoner. 


Swim in the lakes in the Lake District 


Being from Finland (aka the land of a thousand lakes!) I love the quiet beauty of lakes and the peacefulness of swimming in them. When I first heard that Britain had its own area for all the lakes, I knew immediately that I wanted to visit to see how it differs from the lake scenery in Finland. Mostly I just really want to swim in a lake again, so if anyone here knows any specific place in the Lake District that’s especially nice, please let me know! 



Experience the Roman baths in Bath


I’ve been to Bath once before, but since we were only there for a day trip, we didn’t have the time to visit the famous and historical baths. I really want to swim in them, but I’m just not sure if it will be the super relaxing experience I want it to be due to all the crowds… But, still, I want to see what they’re like, and I just think it would be so amazing to be surrounded by so much history. And maybe I can avoid the crowds if I go there as soon as they open in the morning? Worth a try, I think! 

Visiting Highclere Castle, aka the Downton Abbey house


I am a massive fan of Downton Abbey – I’ve seen it twice and Lady Sybil and Tom Branson stole my heart both times. I’ve also been a big fan of visiting grand castles, palaces and manor houses as long as I can remember, and so visiting this specific one would just be a dream come true. Apparently, the interior in Highclere Castle is just like on the show too – I’m going to be such a fangirl when I finally visit! They also do lots of different events (as well as guided tours), such as an easter egg hunt – how cool is that?!

What special places would you like to experience in the UK?






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8 comments so far.
  • Oooooh, I’d love to visit the Roman baths too – in fact, a visit to Bath is high on my priority list! x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Ahh me too! I think it’s the easiest out of this list to do for me, so hopefully I can squeeze in a visit this year! xx

  • I love Bath. I’d really like to road-trip around the Scottish Highlands. I think that’s highest on my priority list! x

    • A road trip around he Highlands sounds amazing! I’d love to do that one day – I’ll just need to learn how to drive first, haha! xx

  • I really want to go to Bath and I had no idea that this Harry Potter experience existed!


  • I went on the Jacobite train a few years back and it was so good. Fort William is also a gorgeous town to visit too. Bath is also one of my favourite cities in the UK. I hope you get to tick one of these experiences off. x


  • ERR WHY IS DEVON NOT ON THIS LIST LAAADY?! To be fair though, it is a pretty good list – The Lake District is on my bucket list too! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

  • The Jacobite steam train is AMAZING! We haven’t been on it, but I have seen it go over the viaduct once before. It’s such an amazing sight – we’re actually off there at the end of this month for a couple days, and I’m so so excited to get some drone shots of the viaduct. And if you do get to visit, you need to visit the Silver Sands of Morar too – they’re just outside of Mallaig. That area of Scotland is one of my favourites and a definite highlight of my childhood.
    You also need to add Durdle Door on to this list hah! It’s also one of my favourite places in the UK!
    xo April | April Everyday