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Can you beat this Great British bucket list?

After Barack Obama knocks a visit to Stonehenge off his bucket list, what else is there to do in Britain before you die?
Top of the list is eating fish and chips on a seaside pier

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Top of the list is eating fish and chips on a seaside pier  Photo: Alamy

When Barack Obama ordered his helicopter pilot to make an unscheduled stop at Stonehenge on Friday, following the Nato summit in Wales, he explained that the prehistoric landmark in Wiltshire was something he had always wanted to see.

“Knocked it off the bucket list,” he said.

A visit to Stonehenge also features on the “Great British Bucket List”, published in April – 50 feats to complete in Britain, which includes things as mundane as watching a box set of Only Fools and Horses to more active experiences, such as walking the Lake District and sailing around the Isle of Wight.

Top of the list was eating fish and chips on a seaside pier followed by whale watching in Wales.

Having a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV’s Coronation Street, is one thing Britons apparently must do before they die, as is seeing Morris dancers at a country pub.

Others said people must take a ferry across the Mersey and see the Christmas lights in Oxford Street in London before they die.

The Great British Bucket List was compiled by Ask Jeeves, the search engine, which asked 1,000 people what they would like to do before they die.

The phrase “Bucket List” comes from the idiom “kick the bucket” – meaning to die.

The phrase became increasingly popular after the 2007 film The Bucket List, staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward to go on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they die.

Their adventures include skydiving, visiting the Taj Mahal, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China and going on a lion safari in Africa.

In contrast, Ask Jeeves found that Britons would be content with having a picnic, seeing inside the Houses of Parliament and going to a test match.

A spokesman for Ask Jeeves said: “It may take some time to do all 50 but at least you will not have to pay thousands to travel the world to do so.

“Most of these bucket lists include the kind of ambitions that look wonderful on paper but are out of reach for millions of us.

“Instead, we thought it would be good to look closer to home to find the kind of experiences Brits think everyone should try at least once.”

The Great British Bucket List in full

1. Eat fish and chips on a seaside pier

2. See whales off Wales

3. Go to a night at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

4. Visit Giant’s Causeway

5. Have a picnic at an open air concert

6. Go up in the London Eye

7. Travel Scotland’s West Coast by rail

8. Watch a Shakespeare play in Stratford-upon-Avon

9. Dine in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant

10. Go to a British Grand Prix

11. See inside the Houses of Parliament

12. Get the Ffestiniog railway in Snowdonia

13. Go to Glastonbury festival

14. Hold the FA Cup trophy in your hands

15. Take in the view from the top of the Shard

16. Be at Stonehenge on longest day of the year

17. See the Trooping the Colour

18. Go to a cricket test match

19. Visit ‘The Prisoner’ village in Portmeirion, Wales

20. Have tea at Betty’s tearooms, Harrogate

21. See a traditional Christmas pantomime

22. Watch a British player at Wimbledon

23. Do a ‘Wainwright’ walk in the Lake District

24. Drive round Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent

25. Visit a whisky distillery

26. Go to a Six Nations rugby match

27. Go on a Jack the Ripper guided walk in London’s East End

28. Have a pint in the Rovers Return, the fictional pub in ITV’s Coronation Street

29. See Lake Windermere by boat

30. Go on a historic London pub tour

31. Experience the Notting Hill Carnival

32. Try a deep fried Mars Bar

33. See the fireball ceremony at Stonehaven, Scotland, on New Year’s Eve

34. Sail round the Isle of Wight

35. Attend the Grand National, Guineas and Gold Cup horse races

36. Go to a World Darts Final

37. Take a selfie at both John O’Groats and Land’s End

38. Take a ferry across the Mersey

39. Climb Ben Nevis

40. See Tower Bridge raised

41. Visit Borough food market, London

42. Eat Haggis on Burns Night, in Scotland

43. See Morris dancers at a country pub

44. See the Christmas Lights on Oxford Street

45. Be at a recording of The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent

46. See Blackpool Illuminations

47. Watch a boxset of Only Fools and Horses

48. Watch the Boat Race

49. Attend first day of Harrods sale

50. Watch the London Marathon live

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Top ten UK landmarks to see before you die: Buckingham Palace, Loch Ness, Stonehenge

THE UK has some of the best tourist attractions in the world, from stunning castles, to Europe’s most famous prehistoric monument, to an indoor rainforest

 Buckingham Palace and Queen Victoria Statue Take a tour of the Queen’s official London residence [ GETTY]

Holidaying at home? Here’s your chance to start ticking off some of the top 10 must-see attractions, according to a poll organised by Travel site CheapHolidayLand.com Some of the attractions got the same number of votes so, in no particular order…

  • See the world’s largest indoor rainforests, created in the giant domes of the Eden Project at St Austell, Cornwall. There special summer dinosaur exhibition runs until September 16. edenproject.com 
Stonehenge, in Wiltshire - Europe's most famous prehistoric monumentStonehenge – Europe’s most famous prehistoric monument. Historians say it was built around 3100 BC [GETTY]
Imperial State Crown at the Tower of LondonMarvel over the Imperial State Crown and other Crown Jewels at the Tower of London [GETTY]
Loch Ness Monster, in the Drumnadrochit area of Scotland Hunt for the famous Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, just south of Iverness [GETTY]
  • Go monster-hunting on a trip to Scotland’s must-see, Loch Ness. This 37 kilometre-long lake is south of Inverness and best-known for sightings of the mystery ‘Nessie’. visitlochness.com/
  • Contemplate thousands of miles of the Atlantic Ocean on a visit to Cornwall’s legendary Land’s End. It’s the most south-westerly part of mainland Britain and stunning scenery have helped make it a top spot. landsend-landmark.co.uk/
 Antony Gormley's Angel of the North near Newcastle and GatesheadAntony Gormley’s impressive 66ft, Angel of the North Statue, located near Newcastle and Gateshead. [ GETTY]
  • See the inspired vision of one of the most recognisable landmarks in Britain, the Angel of the North, created by artist Anthony Gormley and standing watch over the A1 near Gateshead. http://www.angelofthenorth.org.uk
 Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament situated on the Thames in Westminster, LondonHead to Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben for some political sight seeing [ GETTY]
  • Hear Big Ben, the world’s most famous clock, striking the hour at the Houses of Parliament, on the banks of the Thames. It’s even possible to arrange a tour of inside through your local MP. parliament.uk/
The facade of Westminster Abbey in LondonBuilt around 1000 years ago – Benedictine monks first settled at the Abbey [ GETTY]
  • Step back in time at London’s Westminster Abbey. A church was first created at this spot over 1,000 years ago. It’s also the site from where the world watched the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get married in 2011 westminster-abbey.org/home
 Edinburgh Caste built in the Bronze Age, home to Scottish monarchs
Built in the Bronze Age around 900 BC, Edinburgh Castle was once home to Mary Queen Scots [ GETTY]
  • See stunning Edinburgh Castle, a real highlight of a trip to Scotland’s capital city. Listen out for Edinburgh’s ‘big bang’ every day at 1pm when the traditional canon there is fired. edinburghcastle.gov.uk/

By: Anne Gorringe
Full article: http://www.express.co.uk/travel/shortbreaks/500735/Top-ten-UK-landmarks-to-see-before-you-die-Buckingham-Palace-Loch-Ness-Stonehenge

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