Irish attractions make Lonely Planet's all-time top 500
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Irish attractions make Lonely Planet's all-time top 500

THE Cliffs of Moher, Titanic Belfast and Dublin’s Trinity College are amongst the Lonely Planet’s newly released list of the world’s top-rated attractions.

The renowned travel guide company have ranked the all-time 500 best places to visit for the first time, and the list includes four attractions in the Republic of Ireland and two in the North.

giants causeway-n The Giant's Causeway in Co. Antrim (Photo: istock)

The Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim is placed just three spots outside the top 100, whilst Titanic Belfast ranks 424.

In the Republic, Brú na Bóinne is 224 on the list, the Cliffs of Moher rank 378, Dublin’s Trinity College places 468 and the Rock of Cashel is close to the bottom of the list at 497.

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Meanwhile, England, have 13 globally rated sites on the list, Scotland has 12, and seven are in Wales.

London, UK - July 23, 2011: Visitors at the entrance of the British Museum in London, UK on July 23, 2011. The British Museum in London (Photo: istock)

The British Museum in London, is highly-rated at 15th on the list and was visited by over six million people last year.

England’s Lake District National Park is a favourite amongst tourists at 36, with The Tate Modern not far behind at 52 and Edinburgh Castle at 58.

temples of angkor-n The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia tops the list (Photo: istock)
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The Temples of Angkor in Cambodia tops the Ultimate Travelist followed by the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu in Peru.

The top 20 of the Lonely Planet travel list is:

1. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

3. Machu Picchu, Peru

4. Great Wall of China, China

5. Taj Mahal, India

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6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA

7. Colosseum,Italy

8. Iguazu Falls, Brazil-Argentina

9. Alhambra, Spain

10. Aya Sofya, Turkey

11. Fez Medina, Morocco

12. Twelve Apostles, Australia

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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

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20. Museum of Old & New Art, Australia