One in eight Britons has not visited Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral or Land's End. Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts launched London Revealed to keep the capital in the spotlight.

A new survey by Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has revealed that Britain is a nation of home-bodies 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 10 admitting they’ve never even stepped foot in London.

It’s not just the capital city that fails to be drawing Brits 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 10 have yet to visit Windsor Castle. Ben Nevis, The Eden project and the Angel of the North also were 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 10 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 10 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 (www.londonrevealed.co.uk ) 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.

 

TOP 35 FAMOUS LANDMARKS BRITS HAVEN’T VISITED

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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