Wiltshire attractions make Lonely Planet's list of UK's top travel experiences

Wiltshire attractions make Lonely Planet's list of UK's top travel experiences

Published at 1:45pm 13th August 2019.

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You can probably guess which of our local venues are considered 'unmissable' by the travel guide company.

The Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist book has been released this week, charting the 500 places across the country that everyone should visit.

Among the top attractions are the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the British Museum and the Giant's Causeway.

Coming in 8th place on the list is the 'mighty megaliths' of Stonehenge.

Summer Solstice 2019
Events like the Solstices at Stonehenge are among the key times to visit the World Heritage Site

Lonely Planet described our ancient stone circle as a 'monumental, undeniably mind-boggling achievement'.

They've also said it has to be seen as 'no one really has the foggiest why Stonehenge is there' so while 'standing in the shadow of the stones, feeling their power and presence, it's impossible not to let your imagination run wild'.

Not-too-distant experiences like The Roman Baths in Bath and the Glastonbury Festival also feature in the top 10.

Lonely Planet's VP of Experience, Tom Hall, said: 

"The 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. Southwest England is home to some of the UK's most captivating spots so it's only right that a good number of the region's wonderful offerings feature among our favourite."

Salisbury Cathedral viewed from Harnham Water Meadows (Mike Draper)
Salisbury Cathedral is, of course, on the list from Lonely Planet among the Top 500 places to experience in the UK


Salisbury Cathedral's listed in the rundown of the Top 500 places, as rated by Lonely Planet.

It's come in 320th place, with the company noting its 'head for heights' at the 123 metre spire as a must-see.

The 'fabulous follies' at Stourhead near Mere are also in there, placed in 414th place.

Stourhead Autumn (National Trust)
The National Trust's Stourhead Estate makes the list too


There's a number of other popular sites that we can stake a bit of a claim to as well.

At 175th place in the list, is Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, where we can 'recreate a TV classic', with the area featuring in the Hovis ads.

We're encouraged to 'commune with the ancients' at the Avebury stone circles in Wiltshire - that's placed 181st.

And at Lacock Abbey near Chippenham, Lonely Planet says 'don't be surprised to see a film crew at the olde-worlde' site, which comes in at 353rd place.

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