Vanlife UK - England Bucket List - Things to see in England

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

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Are you planning a road trip of England? Or perhaps you're just looking for a day out with the family?

In this post, I will list all the places I would like to see during my road trip of England.

Please note, this post is a work in progress and will be updated regularly with more information for each venue/location.


Please note that the key driver for this road trip is photography. Therefore, many places listed below will consist of many locations that you may not consider to be 'bucket list' items. But if you are a photographer, or plan a long term road trip, then these may well be places you'd like to check out.

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Places to see in England

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  • Abbey Road - You know, from The Beatles album cover?

  • Abbotts View Alpacas - Aylesbury - HP22 4NF -

  • Africa Alive! - Explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, rhinos, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

  • Albert Docks - The Royal Albert Dock is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses in Liverpool, England. Designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, it was opened in 1846 and was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood.

  • Alton Towers Theme Park - Escape to the fantabulous world of the Alton Towers Resort - there's so much going on, the fun never stops! England's largest theme park offers 500 acres of attractions and rides

  • Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

  • Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre

  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage & Gardens - This fifteenth-century, charming thatched cottage was the childhood home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's sweetheart and wife. Experienced guides share tales about the Hathaway family who lived here from the mid-1500s to the early 1900s.

  • Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm - Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is in the middle of the beautiful county of Suffolk in Eastern England and is a small livestock farm breeding farm animals that were once common but are now very rare.

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Blackpool is the epitome of the English seaside, with waterparks, arcades and bracing sea temperatures. A trip to the iconic coastal location in Lancashire isn’t complete without a visit to the Blackpool Tower.

  • Blackpool Tower - The Blackpool Tower Eye and solid-glass SKYWALK offer the best views across the North West of England from the top of the iconic Blackpool Tower.

  • Blackpool Tramway

  • Blackpool Zoo - Blackpool Zoo is a family-friendly attraction, providing fun and education for all ages.

  • Bettys Tea Room

  • Birdland - Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water is set in nine acres of gardens and woodland, creating a picturesque canopy of the winding River Windrush.

  • Borough Market - An amazing food market dating back to the 13th century.

  • Bridlington Animal Park - Bridlington Animal Park is an Award-Winning, family-owned business and has lots to offer for a fun-filled family day out. We have a great range of birds which includes Parrots, Falcons and Owls.

  • Brighton Pier - The seaside town of Brighton, just an hour south of London, is the perfect destination for a day by the Great British seaside. The town is crammed full of creativity and culture.

  • British Airways i360 -

  • Brunel's SS Great Britain - Step back in time when you board Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew.

  • Bugtopia - Kettering - NN16 8DP -

  • Butterfly World

  • Cambridge Gin Laboratory - Cambridge Gin Laboratory is an interactive space in the heart of Cambridge, dedicated to the appreciation of everyone's favourite spirit – gin!

  • Chester Zoo - Located in Upton, just over a mile north of Chester city centre, Chester Zoo is England's most visited attraction outside of London and is one of the best places to visit in England for families.

  • Churchill War Rooms - Discover the secrets of the Second World War in the underground nerve centre where Churchill and his war cabinet lived and worked.

  • Colchester Zoo - Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit.

  • Coventry Transport Museum - If you're looking for a truly unique day out for all the family, you can't beat Coventry Transport Museum. In the heart of Coventry city centre, this huge Museum is home to the world's largest collection of British road transport in public ownership.

  • Cromer Pier - Cromer Pier, a heritage seaside pier in the civil parish of Cromer on the North Norfolk coast was designed by Douglass and Arnott and constructed by Alfred Thorne and is owned by North Norfolk District Council.

  • Donkey Sanctuary - Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you, completely free of charge.

  • Dreamland - Head to renovated retro theme park Dreamland in Margate for some old-fashioned fun. The amusement park was bought back to life in 2015 after falling into disrepair. Take on the Mirror Maze, ride the scenic railway, test your balance in the indoor Roller Room and take a selfie by the Hollywood-esque Dreamland sign.

  • Eden Project - The Eden Project in Cornwall represents a number of environmental and social projects all under the auspices of sustainable growth.

  • Exmoor Zoo

  • Exotic Zoo - Exotic Zoo is one of Telford's best-kept secrets, a real gem winning the hearts of visitors to this small and interactive zoo. Meet our friendly staff as you explore the zoo and find out all about the animals they are working with today.