Battle named as one of Europe's top secret spots by Lonely Planet

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey

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Battle has made it into a list of Europe's best "secret spot" locations.

According to Lonely Planet, which is publishing the list, "the Battle of Hastings may be well known as the bloody stand-off in 1066 that inspired the Bayeux tapestry, but few make the journey to see where it happened".

As well as observing "evocative fields where the arrows flew", visitors are encouraged to explore "the village's deliciously quaint streets" and "the glorious Sussex countryside".

The other UK entries in the list of 50 "undiscovered and overlooked" destinations in Europe were: :

  • Kinmel Arms in Abergele, Conwy, Wales, described as a "top-notch enclave of fine food, real ale and boutique accommodation".
  • Wilton's Music Hall in east London, "a glorious and truly atmospheric surprise".
  • South Cotswolds - With most tourists opting to explore the North Cotswolds, the overlooked South Cotswolds are flagged as a region not to be missed. The guide says: "This area is a hidden gem, with scenic villages and tranquil landscapes - and rarely a coach tour in sight."
  • Loch Ness, Scotland - "While tour coaches pour down the west side of Loch Ness, the eastern shore is relatively peaceful. Here you will find Dores Inn, a beautifully restored country pub with a garden that even has its own Loch-Ness-Monster-spotting point. The menu specialises in quality Scottish produce," according to the guide.

The author of Lonely Planet's Great Britain guidebook, David Else, said: "It's little wonder that Britain features heavily in Secret Europe.

"With a wealth of breathtaking landscapes and such fascinating history, there's plenty that travellers are yet to discover."

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3:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

thelieshurts says...

Should get more visitors now the secret spot is out.
Should get more visitors now the secret spot is out. thelieshurts
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