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.

TOP 35 FAMOUS LANDMARKS BRITS HAVEN’T 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