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Dover - a town with a 'depressing air of decay

Dover is a rundown town with a depressing air of decay.

That is according to the latest Lonely Planet Guide to Britain - out today, which reveals the best and the worst places in the country.

White cliffs of Dover
White cliffs of Dover

Top of the hot spots, it seems, is the Midlands, with Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester rating highly in the prestigious guide.

Bath and Edinburgh are also, not surprisingly, high on the favourites list.

But, according to the authors, Dover is not quite the tourist magnet.

It says: "Its depressing air of decay and run-down, post-war architecture has little to offer but has "stellar attractions" such as its castle and the white cliffs to redeem it."

According to an entry posted on the Lonely Planet website, Dover is, fact, "Dreary Dover".

You would only visit it, it says, "to pile on and off its ponderous cross-channel ferries steering the narrow 20-mile stretch to France, or else to make a dash for its premier attractions and move quickly on."

However, the guide also highlights its "several humdingers" of tourist attractions, including the castle and the cliffs.

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