Lonely Planet names the top 500 travel destinations

Noble Horvath

LONELY Planet has named the top 500 travel destinations to visit in their 2020 Ultimate Travel List. The UK has the most entries on the list with a whopping 34 across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. 12 The UK features 34 times in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List 2020Credit: Alamy […]

LONELY Planet has named the top 500 travel destinations to visit in their 2020 Ultimate Travel List.

The UK has the most entries on the list with a whopping 34 across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland.

The UK features 34 times in Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List 2020

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The UK features 34 times in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List 2020Credit: Alamy

While the country failed to make the top ten – with the number one destination Petra in Jordan – winners include some of the UK’s most beautiful national parks and museums.

The Lake District was the highest on the Top 500, coming in at number 40.

It’s hardly surprising – the national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has as many as 15 million tourists per year.

It also has roots with many famous British writers and poets including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

The British Museum was the second highest UK entry at number 56 – which was the first public national museum in the world – and the Wales Coastal Path at number 82.

Loch Lomond, Skara Brae, and Edinburgh’s Royal Mile were some of the Scottish winners, while St Paul’s Cathedral, Christchurch Oxford and Bath’s Roman Baths were other English destinations to make the list.

Here are the top 10 UK entries on the list:

Lake District, England (no. 40)

Lake District is the UK's most popular national park, with more than 15 million tourists every year

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Lake District is the UK’s most popular national park, with more than 15 million tourists every yearCredit: Alamy

British Museum, England (no. 56)

The British Museum was the first public national museum

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The British Museum was the first public national museumCredit: Alamy

Wales Coastal Path, Wales (no. 82)

The 870 mile path is the first dedicated footpath in the world to cover a country's entire coastline

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The 870 mile path is the first dedicated footpath in the world to cover a country’s entire coastlineCredit: Getty – Contributor

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland (no. 102)

The famous attraction has more than 40,000 interlocking columns

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The famous attraction has more than 40,000 interlocking columnsCredit: Alamy

Jurassic Coast, England (no. 116)

The Jurassic coast is 95 miles long, stretching from Devon to Dorset

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The Jurassic coast is 95 miles long, stretching from Devon to DorsetCredit: Alamy

Brecon Beacons, Wales (no. 153)

The Brecon Beacons is home to South Wales' highest mountain, Pen y Fan

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The Brecon Beacons is home to South Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y FanCredit: Alamy

Snowdonia, Wales (no. 161)

Snowdonia, designated a national park in 1951, also has Wales's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon

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Snowdonia, designated a national park in 1951, also has Wales’s highest mountain, Mount SnowdonCredit: Alamy

V&A Museum, England (no. 170)

Opened in 1852, the museum has more than 145 galleries

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Opened in 1852, the museum has more than 145 galleriesCredit: Alamy

West Highland Way, Scotland (no. 172)

The West Highland Way is celebrating it's 40th anniversary of being named Scotland's first officially designated long-distance walking path

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The West Highland Way is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary of being named Scotland’s first officially designated long-distance walking pathCredit: Alamy

Glen Coe, Scotland (no. 212)

While famous for its hills, waterfalls and walking trails, it is also where the James Bond Skyfall scene was filmed

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While famous for its hills, waterfalls and walking trails, it is also where the James Bond Skyfall scene was filmedCredit: Alamy

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List Top Ten

1. Petra, Jordan  

2. The Galápagos Islands  

3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

4. Okavango Delta, Botswana

5. Yellowstone National Park, USA  

6. Lake Bled, Slovenia  

7. Iguazú Falls, Argentina-Brazil  

8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia  

9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal  

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel destination – Petra, Jordan

The wonder of the world took the no.1 spot

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The wonder of the world took the no.1 spotCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Earlier this year, TripAdvisor revealed the top travel destinations for 2020 – and Ipswich made the list.

Last year, England came in second for Lonely Planet’s top countries to visit, behind Bhutan.

The most affordable locations included East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, home to the Komodo dragons, and Budapest in Hungary.

195-acre estate in heart of Lake District with farm, tea rooms and glamping business on market for £2.25m

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