1 in 8 Brits Haven’t Visited Big Ben

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A new survey by contemporary hotel brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has revealed that we are a nation of homebodies – with one in eight UK residents claiming they have never visited the iconic Big Ben clock tower.

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 to mark the launch of London Revealed – a new online hub and guide to the city – 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.

Greg Hegarty, Regional General Manager UK at PPHE Hotel Group, which operates Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in the United Kingdom, said: “We conducted this survey to celebrate the opening of our new and renovated London hotels. There are so many amazing adventures to be had on our very doorstep, with cities like London containing some of the most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions. There’s a rich fabric of culture and arts just waiting to be discovered. We’d like to encourage the nation to get out and tick off the bucket list!

London Revealed by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts has been launched in celebration of a collection of brand new contemporary hotels in London. The website aims to bring the capital city to life with guides on the best places to visit, blog posts featuring local tips and advice on hidden gems. Not just for those who admit to never having managed a visit, but also for born and bred Londoners who need that extra little bit of inspiration.


Listed in order from least to most visited:

  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, Gateshead
  13. 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, London
  25. 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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