I’ve not clocked it, claim Brits!

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

1 in 8 Britons have not visited Big Ben

Are we a nation of home-bodies? Based on a new survey by contemporary hotel brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, one in eight UK residents have never visited the iconic Big Ben!

Astoundingly, a quarter of Brits have never laid eyes on St Paul’s Cathedral, with one in ten admitting they’ve never even stepped foot in London.

It’s not just our capital city that fails to be drawing us in though; of the 1,500 adults from across the UK polled by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts HALF of Brits have never been to Land’s End in Cornwall, while more than four in ten have yet to visit Windsor Castle. Ben Nevis, The Eden Project and the Angel of the North were also revealed among a list of British landmarks Brits have failed to see – as were Kew Gardens, Snowdonia and Stonehenge.

On the other hand, when it comes to foreign landmarks – two thirds of adults have taken the trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and nearly a third have visited the Statue of Liberty in New York.

The poll discovered that 68 percent wished they had seen more of the UK – with four in ten Brits never managing to reach the Scottish capital Edinburgh. It seems other major cities in the UK are missing out on the limelight too. A quarter of British adults have never been to Birmingham, 27 percent haven’t visited the city of Manchester and 37 percent are yet to visit Liverpool. Meanwhile, 42 percent said they haven’t been to Cardiff.

Over a quarter said they are reluctant to visit parts of the country due to the unpredictable weather and four in ten said it was because the cost of travel is so expensive while nearly half of the adults surveyed said their knowledge of British History would be better if they had visited more of the UK; nearly two thirds were planning on a staycation this year.


1. Chesil Beach 2. Ben Nevis 3. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset 4. The Eden Project, Cornwall 5. Loch Ness, Inverness 6. The Jurassic Coast 7. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey 8. Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria 9. Roman Baths, Bath 10. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset 11. Land’s End, Cornwall 12. Angel of the North, Gateshead13. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol 14. Edinburgh Castle 15. Windsor Castle, Berkshire 16. Kew Gardens, London 17. Sherwood Forest 18. Stonehenge, Wiltshire 19. Snowdonia, Wales 20. Dartmoor, Devon 21. Brighton Pier 22. The Lake District, Cumbria 23. White Cliffs of Dover, Kent 24. Tate Modern, London25. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool 26. St Paul’s Cathedral, London 27. The London Eye 28. Natural History Museum, London 29. Buckingham Palace, London 30. Trafalgar Square, London 31. Houses of Parliament, London 32. Tower Bridge 33. Westminster Abbey, London 34. Tower of London 35. Big Ben, London

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