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
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
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