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England is ranked No.2 in world for its ‘wow factor’

Coast to coast: Bessy’s Cove in Cornwall is among England’s ‘treasures’ PICTURE: ALAMY

ENGLAND has been named the world’s second-best tourist destination for 2020 due to its ‘timeless treasures’.

Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet ranked the country behind only Bhutan in the Himalayas.

The list, featured in the Best in Travel 2020 book, was based on ‘topicality, unique experiences and wow factor’.

The entry for England states: ‘Brexit uncertainties have dominated the headlines in recent years but one constant amid all the confusion has been the timeless treasures that England is famous for: the historic castles and cathedrals, the quaint villages and rolling countryside, and of course, the seaside.

‘Taking a bracing walk on a windswept pier, eating delicious fish and chips, searching for marine life in rock pools, finding fossils in ancient cliffs, building sandcastles and dolphin-spotting on picturesque beaches are just some of the activities offered by the English seaside.’

The top five was completed by North Macedonia in south-east Europe, the Caribbean island of Aruba and Africa’s eSwatini (formerly Swaziland).

Top destination Bhutan plans to be the first fully organic nation by 2020.