Lonely Planet reveals the UK’s ultimate travel bucket list – and Edinburgh Fringe has come out top – The Sun

LONELY Planet have revealed the top 500 experiences across the UK with Edinburgh Fringe Festival taking the top spot.

Other experiences include Stonehenge, the British Museum and even a classic Sunday roast dinner.


On the ultimate British bucket list was a combination of cultural experiences such as the Tate Modern, along with nature's finest such as Pembrokeshire and Lake Windermere.

Events such as the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury are also on the list for cultural experiences throughout the year.

Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience, Tom Hall, said: "Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist brings together the UK’s most compelling sights and experiences, ranging from world-class museums and giant cathedrals to rollicking festivals, inky lochs and tiny pubs."

We reveal the top ten to add to your list  this year.

1. The greatest shows on earth at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Taking place across August, Edinburgh Fringe was voted the number one experience on the UK travel list.

Established in 1947, it has since featured hundreds of thousands of performances and has been the platform for many iconic comedians and actors including Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Al Murray.

The guide explained: "Nowhere beats it for spectacle or scale … there is theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, opera, music and spoken word, and whatever the time of day, an acrobat, trapeze artist, contortionist or tried-and-tested bagpiping busker will be pleased to entertain you."

2. Take a world tour of treasures at the British Museum

The British Museum in London was the first ever public national museum in the world, built in 1753.

It is home to a number of important – and sometimes controversial – artefacts and monuments, curated by 18th century physician Sir Hans Sloane.

Also the inventor of hot chocolate, his museum welcomes around six million visitors every year.

3. Step ogre-sized strides over hexagonal stones at Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the country.

The 40,000 interlocking columns date back 60 million years, with legends claiming the giants ripped up the stepping stones which once connected Ireland to Scotland.

While the truth is actually them being created by volcanic eruptions, visitors regularly walk across the ancient stones.

4. Experience how the Romans bathed in Bath

Built 2,000 years ago, the geothermal baths are one of the most well-preserved Roman baths in the world.

It was once known as Aquae Sulis and was heated up to 46 degrees for locals to bathe in.

While guests can no longer swim in it, there is the popular rooftop Thermae Bath Spa instead.

5. Retrace the Romans' footsteps along Hadrian's Wall

Another piece of Roman history to make the list is Hadrian's wall.

Stretching 73 miles across the UK, it was built between AD 122 and 128, taking six years to build.

While less than 10 per cent remains today, walking along the wall offers a glimpse into the life with Roman forts and castle scattered along the countryside.

6. Make a British weekend of it with a Sunday pub roast

There is nothing more British than a classic roast dinner in the UK, making it to number six according to Lonely Plant.

With the abundance of pubs in the country, estimated to be around 50,000, the option of chicken, beef or pork are the most common.

While a classic pub is recommenced for the Sunday meal, Lonely Planet adds that it is more than just a meal: "It's a reassuring experience, a weekly ritual where the nation stops time, staves off the start of the working week and lives in the moment."

7. Discover a powerhouse of modern art at Tate Modern

Tate Modern opened in 2000 and has since become the home of modern art in the UK.

Dating from 1900 to present day, famous artwork includes Picasso, Monet and Warhol.

A tip from Lonely Planet? Head to the top-floor viewing deck for some of the best views of London.

8. Marvel at the mighty megaliths of Stonehenge

Perhaps one of the most iconic historical monuments, the mystery of Stonehenge fascinates visitors alike.

Built around 4500 BC and 1500 BC, the heavy stones are believed to have been erected using rollers and pulleys, coming from over 140 miles away in Wales.

Even now, the reason for the ancient structure is yet to be determined.

9. Find poetry on the shores of Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere in Cumbria has inspired literary tales and poetry from famous authors including Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

You can ride across the lake on a 19th-century steamer or walk along it to follow in the footsteps of the Victorians.

It is also part of the Three Lakes Challenge, alongside Loch Awe in Scotland and Llyn Tegid in Wales.

10. Explore Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Taking the tenth spot is the Pembrokshire Coast in Wales.

Stretching 186 miles, it is also home to the Tenby beach, often voted one of the best in the UK.

A walk along the cliffs to discover hidden coves and tracks make it a favourite of Lonely Planet.

Top 50 Lonely Planet experiences in the UK

1. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

2. British Museum, London

3. Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

4. Bath, Somerset

5. Hadrian's Wall, Northeast England

6. A Sunday pub roast

7. Tate Modern, London

8. Stonehenge, Wiltshire

9. Lake Windermere, Cumbria

10. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South Wales

11. Punting in Cambridge

12. Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

13. St Paul's Cathedral, London

14. Scilly Isles

15. Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands

16. Borough Market, London

17. Glencoe, Scotland

18. Yorkshire Dales National Park

19. Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

20. South Bank, London

21. Durham Cathedral

22. Skara Brae, Scotland

23. Shakespeare's Globe, London

24. Harry Potter on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

25. Kew Gardens, London

26. Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

27. Tower of London

28. Holkham Beach, Norfolk

29. Durdle Door, Dorset

30. York Minster

31. Bonfire Night in Lewes, East Sussex

32. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

33. South West Coastal Path

34. Dinner and a show in Theatreland, London

35. Beachy Head and Seven Sisters cliffs, Sussex

36. Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford

37. North Coast 500, Scottish Highlands

38. Soho and Covent Garden, London

39. Blakeney Point, Norfolk

40. Lake District, Cumbria

41. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

42. Hampstead Heath, London

43. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

44. Gothic Whitby, Yorkshire

45. Snowdon, North Wales

46. Natural History Museum, London

47. Gower Peninsula, South Wales

48. Welsh rugby match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff

49. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

50. Christ Church College, Oxford

Lonely Planet named Shetland as one of the top destinations in Europe to visit in 2019.

Many of the locations named on Lonely Planet's UK bucket list also featured on the top ten in a survey voted by Brits.

Giant's Causeway, the Roman baths and Stonehenge all made the cute, along with Hadrian's Wall and a classic cream tea.

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