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Castle Howard in world sights list

England's Highclere Castle is all the rage at present as it features in the blockbuster TV series Downton Abbey.

But it is another English stately home forever linked to a must-see television saga of old that makes it into a world list of ultimate sights produced by travel guide company Lonely Planet.

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, which featured in the blockbuster TV series Brideshead Revisited, was voted one of the world's top 10 greatest mansions and grand houses.

On Castle Howard, the guide said: "Stately homes may be two a penny in England but you'll have to try pretty hard to find one as breathtakingly stately as Castle Howard."

Just north of York, Castle Howard was used as the home of the fictitious Brideshead family created in Evelyn Waugh's novel whose 1980s TV adaptation proved a forerunner - in popularity - for Downton Abbey which features Highclere in Newbury, Berkshire, as the Crawley family's home.

The great mansions category was just one section in the guide 1,000 Ultimate Sights which features many famous UK and Ireland entries.

Among these are Stonehenge, which appears in the top 10 in three separate categories - most mysterious sight, most brilliant night sky and best sunrise/sunset.

Baker Street in London was voted as one of the best literary sites thanks to Conan Doyle basing Sherlock Holmes' home at 221b Baker Street.

The guide also features the Blackpool Illuminations which is considered one of the top 10 "kitschiest sights" and was seen as "tacky, trashy and, in recent years, a little bit tawdry". However, the guide adds: "Blackpool doesn't care, because 16 million a year don't either."

The Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire and Notting Hill Carnival in London also made it into the 1,000 Ultimate Sights list.


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