British Museum Named As One Of The Best Places In The World

Lonely Planet included two British landmarks in their top 50 places to see before you die

British Museum
British Museum
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Lonely Planet included two British landmarks in their top 50 places to see before you die

WARNING: Reading this WILL make you want to quit your job, sell all your belongings and travel the world.

Travel bible Lonely Planet has announced the 500 most amazing sights in the world and two British institutions have made the top 50.

The British Museum was the highest UK landmark, coming in at number 15. Housing priceless treasures from around the world including the Rosetta Stone, stones from the Parthenon and Egyptian mummies.

Nearly seven million people visit the Bloomsbury attraction, making it the fourth most visited museum in the world behind the Louvre in Paris, National Museum of China in Beijing and National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

Coming in at number 36 on the list of must see sights of the world was the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, an 885 square mile natural wonder filled with forests, mountains and (you guessed it) lakes.

Inspiration to literary heroes like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, the stunning area attracts about 12 million visitors a year who come to hike, explore and find out what on earth Kendal Mint Cake is.

To whet your appetite for travelling, here’s the top 20 travel sights to see before you die:

1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia 2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia 3. Machu Picchu, Peru 4. Great Wall of China 5. Taj Mahal, India 6. Grand Canyon, USA 7. Colosseum, Italy 8. Iguazu Falls, Argentina 9. Alhambra, Spain 10. Aya Sofya, Turkey 11. Fez Medina, Morocco 12. Twelve Apostles, Australia 13. Petra, Jordan 14. Tikal, Guatemala 15. British Museum, England 16. Sagrada Familia, Spain 17. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand 18. Santorini, Greece 19. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 20. Museum of Old and New Art, Australia

How many of these amazing sights have you visited?

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