Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton Hill

Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton HillImage: Getty Images

If you're planning a visit to the UK you'd do worse than consult the latest Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist from Lonely Planet - which names the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the top attraction 

The Lonely Planet has scoured every inch of the UK, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands to compile the ultimate UK Travel Guide, made up of 500 attractions with the Fringe Festival coming out first. With London's British Museum and Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway coming in third. 

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Speaking about its first choice, Lonely Planet said the Fringe Festival "floods the city with art and nowhere beats it for spectacle or scale. 

"There is theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, opera, music and spoken word, and whatever the time of day, an acrobat, trapeze artist, contortionist or tried-and-tested bagpiping busker will be pleased to entertain you. Simply step through the looking glass and prepare to be dazzled by the greatest show of arts and culture on Earth.”

Lonely Planet Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist

  1. Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh
  2. British Museum, London
  3. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  4. Bath, Southwest England
  5. Hadrian’s Wall, Northeast England
  6. Sunday pub roast
  7. Tate Modern, London
  8. Stonehenge, Southwest England
  9. Windermere, Cumbria
  10. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South Wales
  11. Punting in Cambridge, East Anglia
  12. Glastonbury Festival, Southwest England
  13. St Paul’s Cathedral, London
  14. The Scilly Isles, Southwest England
  15. Stratford-upon-Avon, Midlands and The Marches
  16. Borough Market, London
  17. Glencoe, Highlands and Islands
  18. Yorkshire Dales National Park
  19. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
  20. South Bank, London