Lonely Planet reveals ultimate UK travel hitlist

Discover the UK’s top experiences listed by Lonely Planet – including punting in Cambridge

Lonely Planet ranks the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for the first time in the ultimate UK travel hitlist.

Scudamore’s Punting Company, Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge has been named one of the UK’s top experiences by Lonely Planet, in a new ranked list of the 500 most memorable, beautiful, surprising and compelling sights and experiences across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

For the first time, Lonely Planet’s community of travel experts have chosen the best sights and experiences and ranked them in order of their brilliance in ‘Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist’.

Racing into the list in 11th position, punting in Cambridge is one of the highest entries. Take an “idyllic route, drifting along the Backs (the rear of the colleges), past improbably grand buildings framed by bridges and lawns. Slide under the Bridge of Sighs, glide past gothic King’s, marvel at the splendour of St John’s,” states the description.


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes the top spot in the list, staking its claim because “the Fringe floods the city with art and nowhere beats it for spectacle or scale…”

In total, 19 East Anglian sights and experiences feature in the list, from sampling Britain’s sweetest crab fresh off the boat in Cromer (71) to marvelling at medieval masonry at Norwich Cathedral (242).

To create ‘Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist’, the Lonely Planet team compiled every highlight from the Lonely Planet guidebooks to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Every sight, attraction and experience that had caught their writers’ attention over the years were included. Everyone in Lonely Planet’s London office, plus 20 leading figures in the country’s travel sector, were then asked to reveal their favourite spots and experiences before the voting began. Everybody in Lonely Planet’s UK community was asked to vote for their top 20 experiences. With hundreds of votes cast, Lonely Planet ended up with a score for each of the 500 experiences in the book.  


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