Hadrian’s Wall features in the influential Lonely Planet ‘Best in 2013’ travel guide, just published, and has been voted one of the top 10 iconic British landmarks in a Travelodge survey of 2,500 children.
The Lonely Planet ‘Best’ guide draws on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present a year’s worth of travel inspiration. The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is listed as one of 10 of the world’s greatest wall walks. The list also includes the Great Wall of China, Cartagena in Columbia and the Berlin Wall.
Hotel chain Travelodge polled youngsters to find out which British attractions they rate as the most iconic landmarks. Big Ben took the number one spot with Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall and the Tower of London all world heritage sites – in the top 10 listing.
According to the survey over a third of the children asked their parents if they could visit a museum or art gallery during the half term break, with one in five requesting a trip to a theme park.
Alex McCoskrie, marketing and communications manager for the Hadrian’s Wall Trust, said: “The wide range of things to do and see in Hadrian’s Wall Country, coupled with world heritage site status, mean it’s a very attractive destination for many different people.
“Recent museum developments at Tullie House, the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda, Housesteads and the Great North Museum have shown that investment pays off in attracting more visitors.
“Hadrian’s Wall will celebrate its 1900th anniversary in 2022. Over the next 10 years we have ambitious plans to deliver an investment programme to create the largest, most compelling visitor and learning destination in Europe right across the 150 mile world heritage site from Ravenglass to South Shields.
“And we want to encourage more tourism businesses in Hadrian’s Wall Country to take advantage of the brand. Our Hadrian AD2022 programme promotes member businesses and contributes to the conservation and protection of the world heritage site.”