Gallery: To the lighthouse: the perfect post-Covid staycations (Harper’s Bazaar (UK))

While overseas travel might have eluded many of us this year, we don’t have to travel as far as you might think to see some of the world’s most unmissable spots. Lonely Planet has published its Ultimate Travel List 2020, naming the UK home to more of the planet’s must-see places than anywhere else.

a large waterfall over a body of water: From the Lake District to the Brecon Beacons, see 20 of the highest ranking attractions in the UK

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From the Lake District to the Brecon Beacons, see 20 of the highest ranking attractions in the UK

Our often grey but beautiful island stormed the rankings with more spots than any other country in the world. In total, 34 UK attractions appeared on the chart of 500 travel experiences – a welcome slice of news given that staycations are, for obvious reasons, one of the only forms of getting away from it all this year.

The list proves that staying on British shores doesn’t have to be compromise. While Petra, the ancient city in Jordan, was crowned top of Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, Britain was well-represented. The Lake District was the highest ranking UK attraction to feature at number 40, followed by the British Museum at 56 and the Welsh Coastal Path at 82.

The longlist was compiled from all the highlights found in every Lonely Planet guidebook over the years. Each attraction and sight recommended by Lonely Planet authors was included, before being whittled down to a shortlist. Everyone in the Lonely Planet community was then asked to vote on their 20 top travel experiences, resulting in a score for each entry and a definitive ranked list of the top 500 places to see around the world.

a bench next to a body of water: Ceibwr Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Ceibwr Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

See a list of 20 of the highest-ranking UK attractions and sights below:

40. Lake District, England

56. British Museum, England

82. Wales Coastal Path, Wales

102. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

116. Jurassic Coast, England

153. Brecon Beacons, Wales

161. Snowdonia, Wales

170. V&A Museum, England

172. West Highland Way, Scotland

212. Glen Coe, Scotland

219. Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs, England

224. Loch Lochmond, Scotland

227. Stonehenge, England

238. Skara Brae, Scotland

248. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Scotland

267. Bath’s Roman Baths, England

283. Tower of London, England

291. St Paul’s Cathedral, England

302. Scotland’s Northeast 250, Scotland

314. Christchurch Oxford, England

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