Travel guide company says timeless treasures, seaside and historic buildings put country in second, behind Bhutan

England has been named the worlds second best tourist destination in 2020 due to its timeless treasures by the guide book firm, Lonely Planet, behind Bhutan.

The list, featured in the Best in Travel 2020 book, was compiled based on topicality, unique experiences and wow factor.

The entry for England states: Brexit uncertainties have dominated the headlines in recent years but one constant amid all the confusion has been the timeless treasures that England is famous for: the historic castles and cathedrals, the quaint villages and rolling countryside, and of course, the seaside.

Taking a bracing walk on a windswept pier, eating delicious fish and chips, searching for marine life in rock pools, finding fossils in ancient cliffs, building sandcastles and dolphin-spotting on picturesque beaches are just some of the activities offered by the English seaside.

Lonely Planet noted that new sections of the England Coast Path are continuing to open, making it easier for people to explore the countrys coastline.

Once complete, it will be one of the worlds longest continuous walking trails at nearly 3,000 miles.

Number-one ranked Bhutan, in the Himalayas, plans to become the first fully organic nation by 2020.

Other countries in Lonely Planets top five were North Macedonia, the Caribbean island of Aruba and Africas eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

Full list

  1. Bhutan

  2. England

  3. North Macedonia

  4. Aruba

  5. eSwatini

  6. Costa Rica

  7. The Netherlands

  8. Liberia

  9. Morocco

  10. Uruguay



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