Brits have revealed the top 40 UK experiences everyone should do before turning 40 – including a night under Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park, a road trip along Scotland’s Coast 500 and a visit to Birmingham’s Balti Triangle.
Climbing the basalt steps of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, a trip to the Cornish Isles of Scilly and watching the headliner at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset also appear on the must-do list.
Other experiences include walking round the picturesque village of Portmeirion, Wales, and visiting Devon and Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast to discover prehistoric fossils.
The list for travellers to vote on was compiled by a group of travel experts, including Cassam Looch, from Culture Trip, Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), Darren Burn, founder of OutOfOfficeCom and, wellness travel coach Dr Noreen Nguru and travel journalist Lisa Francesca Nand.
Before the big 4-O
The research of 2,000 adults aged 18-40, commissioned by NatWest to mark the launch of its Buy Now Pay Later product service, also found 84 per cent have many places they are ‘yet to explore’ in the UK.
And 56 per cent are keen to rectify this before they reach the big 4-O.
Travel expert Lisa Francesca Nand said: “A life well lived is a life filled with experiences.
“Now more than ever, we’re all looking to invest in moments to create brilliant memories either solo or with friends and family, and travel is a key part of that – whether it’s getting back to nature, seeing amazing architecture, learning about new culture and history or just going on a fantastic road trip.”
The key motivation for wanting to travel the UK was that they simply enjoy being outdoors (40 per cent).
While a quarter want to explore destinations to tick them off their bucket list, and 22 per cent are keen on

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