England, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, The Beatles, the home of fish and chips and a good old cup of tea. It’s a brilliant place for anyone to explore, and even more so in your 20s! From camping and nature-spotting to street raves and surfing, here’s our bucket list of things everybody in England should do before those dreaded thirties arrive.
Go to Glastonbury Festival
One of the world’s most renowned festivals, Glastonbury, is something that needs to be experienced by everybody who loves music at least once. Each June, revellers from all over the world descend upon what feels like a mini-city set across a few fields, as some of the world’s biggest bands join a lineup of well over 100 stages. This festival is known for being muddy, so don’t forget the wellies!
Proudly the most well-known prehistoric monument in Europe, Stonehenge needs to be seen by everyone. This Wiltshire-based wonder is not just about the Stone Circle either; you’re able to explore Neolithic houses, marvel at over 250 ancient objects and, in seasonal periods, get involved with one of their events.
Go seal spotting on the Farne Islands
It might not feel like it at times, but England is home to some rather wonderful islands – perfect for wildlife-spotting! One of the best is the Farne Islands in Northumberland. This north-east collection of rocky islands is home to thousands of grey seals who regularly give birth to pups.
Go on an English pub crawl
If the English are famous for something, it’s their pubs. Join the tradition of the English faithful and hit up some of their trusty public houses for a good, old-fashioned pub crawl!
Pay a visit to Newton’s Apple Tree
Owned by the National Trust, and quite possibly the most famous apple tree there was, this orchard is most famous for Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity. Situated at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, history buffs will be able to explore the manor and get a photo next to the iconic tree.
Drive along the beautiful Jurassic Coast
For those in search of a good, old-fashioned road trip, you can’t get much better than the Jurassic Coast. This beautiful stretch of Dorset coastline is one of the most recommended road trips in England and features some stunning landmarks and pitstops, like the magnificent Durdle Door (pictured).
Go to a street party
Though not a typically English invention, the English don’t half know how to throw a huge street party. Whether it’s London’s Notting Hill Carnival, one of The Rainbow Venues‘ street closures in Birmingham or one of the countless others, this is something you definitely have to experience.
Visit the Roman Baths
Nestled below street-level, you’ll find the Roman Baths, a site of historical interest in the city of Bath. This south-western complex is incredibly popular with travellers from across the globe, offers fantastic insights and allows you to delve into the history of these wonderfully preserved thermal spas.
Go on a Magical Mystery Tour
Any trip to England would not be complete without a journey through the life of the Fab Four that is The Beatles. The Magical Mystery Tour takes you on an in-depth tour of the city of Liverpool, stopping off at major sites along the way including the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Roll up and get your tickets here.
Play Ghetto Golf
Another of Liverpool’s finest attractions is Ghetto Golf, a rather unique take on the classic game of mini-golf. Having recently opened in Birmingham’s Custard Factory too, this course features local themes and adult props, so it’s not for the faint-hearted! You’ll need to play it for yourselves to believe it.
Learn to surf in Cornwall
Some of Cornwall’s beaches offer some of the best surfing locations in the country, with Newquay’s Fistral Beach perhaps the most celebrated. The beach, which regularly sees wave peaks reaching at least eight feet, is so popular that people flock from all over Europe to surf here. Just try and get there early, otherwise you’ll be riding the waves with hundreds of others!
Hike up the Malvern Hills
A hike up this beautiful set of hills in Worcestershire should be experienced by everybody once, as not only is it packed with wildlife, it also offers stunning views of the county. For the best experience, stay in the picturesque village of Malvern overnight and head up the hills first thing to catch the sunrise.
Go to a cat café
Watch a game of football
Even if the national team isn’t pulling up trees, England does have some rather successful football teams. Whether you’re after the bright lights of an international game at Wembley, or something slightly more grassroots like the Football League, there are hundreds of games taking place in England each week.
Visit an English vineyard
Wine is generally associated with France, Italy or Spain, but England does have some pretty impressive vineyards, too. England’s quaint countryside vineyards are available to tour, and you’ll get the opportunity to taste and even take some English wine home with you, too.
Run a marathon
Who said being in your twenties was all about boozing and travelling? For a serious goal, you’ll want to run a marathon. London Marathon takes place each spring and will allow you to not only work off all of that wine, but fundraise for a good cause, too.
Explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter
Harry Potter fans – you can now explore the Warner Bros. Studios, where most of the Harry Potter movies were filmed! Located just outside London, this Watford attraction draws in millions of Harry Potter fanatics from all over the world to see the likes of Diagon Alley, Platform 9¾, Privet Drive and the Great Hall.
Go to as many gigs as you can
England is a hotbed for gigs, with hundreds taking place all across the country every single night. From Plymouth to Newcastle and Margate to Carlisle, there’s a wide spectrum of concerts taking place. How many can you go to?
Sail along the River Thames
Separating the English powerhouse that is London, the River Thames is not just something pretty to look at. When you’re done with the London Eye and Southbank, why not hop on a boat? There are plenty of boat trips available, whether you want a private tour, an evening meal or simply just want to get from A to B via the water.
Go camping in the English countryside
Okay, so the English weather might be temperamental at best, but there’s nothing better than leaving your work behind for a long weekend and setting off with your friends or family to pitch up in the countryside. While the previous suggestions for things to do in your twenties are all incredible, there’s just something about the relaxation, freedom and fresh air that ticks all of our boxes.