Lonely Planet is renowned for its luxurious travel and attraction guides providing inspiration, expert advice and destination information for experiences all over the world.

The iconic travel brand has now released a mesmerising list of the best 500 experiences in the world, with two of Yorkshire’s very own unmissable destinations making the cut.

The UK’s must-see experiences notched an impressive 34 entries – more than any other country on the planet.

According to Lonely Planet, the experiences and destinations are “a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have upped their game, or places more relevant to the way we travel now”.

Some of the most highly-ranked destinations on the list include the Galápagos Islands, Iguazú Falls, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Lake Bled, but with two of beauty spots literally on our doorstep, you might not have to travel as far as you thought.

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York Minster

The magnificent York Minster in York, England.

The stunning York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals.

The minster was built in the 7th century and still today remains a thriving church, with people visiting for more than 1,000 years.

It is not hard to see why York Minster has been listed on the ultimate experience list, with exquisite medieval stained glass and hand-crafted stone, making it breathtakingly beautiful.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

The second entry in our region is also in North Yorkshire. Castle Howard, a truly striking historic house boasting ornate interiors and landscaped gardens, is just 15 miles north of York.

The Howard family have welcomed visitors for over 300 years, but nowadays the memorable house also has an adventure playground, farm shop and garden centre making it the perfect day out with the family.

This is the second edition of Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel list with over 200 new entries.

The way the list is ranked has also been altered this time awarding additional points to sights that sustainably manage tourism.

With a global pandemic making most of the entries even more difficult to get to, you can at least tick off two of Yorkshire’s most stunning attractions.

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