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Nearly 40 Yorkshire locations make Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist

13 Aug 2019 by Ian Barlow - The Harrogate Guide

Visitor attractions and landmarks across the UK have been honoured in travel publication Lonely Planet’s first ever list of the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems – with Yorkshire hotspots among the prestigious line-up In total, 37 sights and experiences in Yorkshire feature in the Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist, from enjoying a rock-pool ramble in Robin Hood’s Bay (26), to enjoying open-air art at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (318) and getting up-close and personal with sea life at The Deep (449).

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd said: “It’s fantastic that so many Yorkshire locations have been showcased in Lonely Planet’s travelist. There’s so much on offer across all four corners of the county: the magnificent coastline, majestic heritage, vibrant cities and stunning countryside. 

 “We’re delighted that the Tour de Yorkshire is featured; we organise the annual race to showcase the very best that Yorkshire has to offer, from the luscious landscapes to the passionate people. This year nearly 2 million spectators lined the route, including many visiting from elsewhere in the UK and overseas.”    

 According to the list, the county’s top destination is the Yorkshire Dales National Park (coming in at number 18), with Yorkshire’s other National Parks (the North York Moors and the Peak District) also making appearances in the list.

Judith Donovan from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said; “We’re delighted the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been named one of the UK’s top sights, and the #1 sight in Yorkshire! Millions of people visit the Park every year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the world when the UCI Cycling Road World Championships arrive in the Park this September. There is simply no better time to visit the Yorkshire Dales”.

 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’re thrilled to name the Yorkshire Dales National Park as one of the UK’s very best sights, alongside many other experiences in Yorkshire.”

The news comes as families across Yorkshire and the UK continue to experience some of the region’s best days out during the summer holidays – for more ideas and inspiration on fantastic days out right across Yorkshire, see www.yorkshire.com/summer

Full list of entries in Yorkshire by rank:

18: Have an outdoor adventure in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

26: Enjoy a rockpool ramble at Robin Hood’s Bay

30: Bask in the medieval magic of York Minster

44: Embrace your inner Goth in bewitching Whitby

76: Stride out on the famous Coast to Coast Walk

77: Gape at the vista of spectacular Malham Cove

118: Step on to the set of a TV drama at Castle Howard

120: Ramble through a purple haze of heather in the North York Moors National Park

136: Get into bird watching at Bempton Cliffs

147: Let York’s Shambles send a shiver down your spine

176: Voyage back to the Viking age at York’s Jorvik Centre

206: Hike a little bit of history along the Pennine Way

219: Pay literary homage at the Bronte Parsonage Museum

224: Admire a grand social experiment in Titus Salt’s Saltaire

239: Splash into the surf in revamped Scarborough

252: Be part of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling spectacular

280: Find watery wonder at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

283: Be captivated by the quirkiness of Hebden Bridge

299: Get into training at York’s National Railway Museum

308: Smell the smoke on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

318: Enjoy art in the open air at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

322: Wish in Mother Shipton’s Cave

349: Tuck into traditional afternoon tea at Betty’s of Harrogate

352: Refresh yourself with a wild swim near Grassington

355: Escape the modern world in the old fishing village of Staithes

373: Tread in the steps of Richard III at Middleham Castle

393: Make time for a cuppa at Falling Foss Tea Garden

398: Get off the beaten track in the Yorkshire Wolds

403: See grass roots cricket in Sewerby

406: Quench your thirst in England’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn

439: Go deep down at the National Coal Mining Museum for England

445: Hike to Hayburn Wyke’s hidden picnic spot in Yorkshire

449: Come face to face with creatures of The Deep in Hull

458: Flex green fingers at Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens

478: Take in Yorkshire from a grand height

483: Spend a penny at Victoria Pier’s public toilets, Hull

496: Learn to churn at Wensleydale Creamery