Here are the York attractions that make Lonely Planet’s Ultimate UK Travelist

The glories of York. Photograph © Google Street View

When those well-travelled folk at Lonely Planet put together a bucket list, you know it’s definitive.

Now the travel guide publishers have revealed their first ever list of the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems in the United Kingdom.

And four of them are on our doorstep.


So which city attractions make Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist?

Well you won’t be surprised that the highest ranking York experience is to ‘bask in the medieval magic of York Minster’. It is number 30.

Then we should ‘let York’s Shambles send a shiver down your spine’ – which charts at 147.

Next up is the chance to ‘voyage back to the Viking age at York’s Jorvik Centre’, which ranks at 176.

And squeaking in to the top 300 is to ‘get into training at York’s National Railway Museum’ – number 299.

Rambles and TV dramas

Castle Howard. Photograph: YorkMix
Altogether 37 sights and experiences in Yorkshire feature in the Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist.

By Lonely Planet’s reckoning, 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.

Other attractions include:

  • 26: Enjoy a rockpool ramble at Robin Hood’s Bay
  • 44: Embrace your inner Goth in bewitching Whitby
  • 118: Step on to the set of a TV drama at Castle Howard
  • and 239: Splash into the surf in revamped Scarborough

Commercial director of Welcome to Yorkshire 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.

Full list of entries in Yorkshire

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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 birdwatching 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

 
Photograph © Mark Minas

2 thoughts on “Here are the York attractions that make Lonely Planet’s Ultimate UK Travelist

    1. That’s right Attila, like that famous pop trio The Beatles… Well I miscounted when I first saw the list and only spotted three York attractions. Then I spotted another one. Then I went through the copy to change any ‘three’ references to ‘four’… but clearly not carefully enough! Thanks for the spot, amended and updated

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