TWENTY-TWO sights and experiences across Oxford and the Cotwolds have been named among the UK’s best by leading travel media company Lonely Planet.

The UK’s four constituent countries and countless small islands comprise a powerhouse of history, culture and intrigue, according to the travel experts.

Now, for the first time, Lonely Planet’s staff have chosen the best sights and experiences and ranked them in order of their brilliance.

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist, published today, ranks the 500 most memorable, beautiful, surprising and compelling sights and experiences across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

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Leading the way for Oxford and the Cotswolds is ‘”majestic, ever-so-slightly haunting” Oxford University college Christ Church, where “literary heritage, movie mania, arts riches and outstanding architecture collide,” which makes the list at number 50.

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The Oxford Times:

Christ Church is joined by 21 other sights and experiences in the region including Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum - “a feast of curious anthropological finds” - at 63, Oxford University’s “medieval jewel” the Bodleian Library at 82, and the Cotswolds’ tiny twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter at 256 where you can experience ‘chocolate-box’ England.

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Lonely Planet spokesman Tom Hall said: “The Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist brings together the UK’s most compelling sights and experiences.

The Oxford Times:

“Oxford and the Cotswolds are a magnet for visitors and it’s only right that a good number of the region’s wonderful offerings feature.”