England ranked world's second best tourist destination

22 October 2019, 00:06

The water at Buttermere in the Lake District, Cumbria
The water at Buttermere in the Lake District, Cumbria. Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

England's "timeless treasures" make it the second best tourist destination in 2020, according to Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet ranked England as number two on its list of places to visit next year, behind only Bhutan.

The entry for England states: "Brexit uncertainties have dominated the headlines in recent years but one constant amid all the confusion has been the timeless treasures that England is famous for: the historic castles and cathedrals, the quaint villages and rolling countryside, and of course, the seaside.

"Taking a bracing walk on a windswept pier, eating delicious fish and chips, searching for marine life in rock pools, finding fossils in ancient cliffs, building sandcastles and dolphin-spotting on picturesque beaches are just some of the activities offered by the English seaside."

National Trust walkers in the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset
National Trust walkers in the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset. Picture: PA
The Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs at Seaford Head, South Downs, East Sussex
The Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs at Seaford Head, South Downs, East Sussex. Picture: PA
People admire the view towards West Bay from the South West Coast Path near Bridport, Dorset
People admire the view towards West Bay from the South West Coast Path near Bridport, Dorset. Picture: PA

The guide book firm noted that new sections of the England Coast Path are continuing to open, making it easier for people to explore the country's coastline.

Once complete, it will be one of the world's longest continuous walking trails at nearly 3,000 miles.

Number-one ranked Bhutan in the Himalayas plans to become the first fully organic nation by 2020.

Other countries in Lonely Planet's top five were North Macedonia in south-east Europe, the Caribbean island of Aruba and Africa's eSwatini.

The Lonely Planet list that featured in the Best in Travel 2020 book, was compiled based on "topicality, unique experiences and wow factor".

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