These are the top 20 things to do in England - according to Lonely Planet

There are countless beautiful and intriguing places around the world to visit, but one of the best destinations is a lot closer than you realise.

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019, 5:14 pm
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England has been named one of the world's top countries for travellers in 2020 by leading travel authority Lonely Planet. The country was named in the Best in Travel 2020 guide this year - the annual collection of the best travel destinations, trends, journeys and experiences to have in the year ahead - and was second only to Bhutan in South Asia. Renowned for its wonderful coastline and natural beauty spots, England has plenty to offer for a memorable holiday. Here are the top 20 unmissable experiences in England, as recommended by Lonely Planet.

This prehistoric monument in Wiltshire is one of Britain's great archaeological mysteries, with countless theories about the site's purpose, and visitors can walk in the curious circle on a recommended Stone Circle Access visit
Oxford has plenty of attractive features, but the university is arguably the city's most defining feature, with visitors flocking to explore the medieval buildings and admire the history of the colleges
Attracting around 15 million people every year, the Lake District is by far the UK's most popular natural park, boasting miles of stunning countryside, craggy hilltops and glittering lakes to explore
The charming medieval city has a long history and its rich heritage is woven into virtually every brick and beam, with tourists attracted to its many museums, traditional pubs and cafes, and the stunning York Minster
Bath is an array of Roman and Georgian architectural treasures, earning the entire city Unesco World Heritage Site Status. The Roman Baths is one of its most popular sites, featuring hot springs that bubble up at a toasty 46C
Stretching across six counties, the Cotswolds is glorious collection of picturesque walking and cycling trails, pretty villages and thatched cottages, and was awarded the status of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966
Built between AD 122 and 128 on the orders of the emperor Hadrian, this impressive wall stretches across 73 miles from coast to coast and served to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire
Another popular university city, Cambridge's ancient colleges sit surrounded by green meadows, lending it a more tranquil appeal that its rival Oxford. Visitors can wander around the buildings and enjoy the charmed setting
Liverpool is a city with an impressive cultural heritage, but it has an ongoing program of urban regeneration that is transforming the centre into one of the most attractive cities in northern England, offering lots to see and do
Famed author William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564 and many landmarks liked to his life can be visited around the Tudor town, including his birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and the Royal Shakespeare Company
Founded in 1951, the Peak District was England's first national park and offers 555 sq miles of sprawling countryside to explore, with many idyllic villages in its midst
This traditional tearoom was established in 1919 and has been dishing up delicious speciality cakes, sweet treats and tea for more than 100 years, and never fails to have a line of eager visitors queuing outside its doors
With more than 1400 years of Christian history, this stunning gothic cathedral is the highlight of Canterbury's World Heritage Sites and remains one of the top tourist haunts in the south east, as well as a place of worship
Carved into the cliff beneath Nottingham's historic castle, this quirky alehouse claims to be the oldest pub in England. Founded in 1189, the pub boasts several bars and cosy nooks to enjoy a bite to eat or have a few drinks
A wonderfully colourful and outrageous city, Brighton has plenty going on to entertain visitors, from its pretty beach front and marina, to boutique hotels and nightclubs, it is hard not to get caught up in its charm
Being a castle of 22 towers, this iconic landmark offers a window into a gruesome and compelling history, having served as a former royal residence, treasury, mint, armoury, zoo and prison where many nobles met their deaths
This large complex in London comprises three auditoriums for performances and visitors can enjoy backstage tours every day, which include the chance to see rehearsals, change of sets, the prop room, or bump into the actors
The famous cliffs of Beachy Head in the South Downs National Park are the highest point of chalky rock faces across the rugged coastline and offers spectacular views, making it very popular among walkers
Covering an area of 368 sq miles between Plymouth and Exeter, Dartmoor is the largest stretch of open moorland in the southwest and is dotted with marshy bogs, granite-topped hills and patches of purple heather
Built to mark the start of the new millennium, the Eden Project explores issues of environment and conservation, with exhibits around the complex covering everything from global warming to rubber production and chocolate-making