UK landmarks: Two thirds of the population are yet to visit iconic attractions

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Northern Ireland is also home to some big attractions, and yet nine in 10 haven’t visited the likes of Giant’s Causeway, Belfast Castle or the Metropolitan Arts Centre.

And while Wales has notable attractions such as the National Pool, National Botanic Gardens and Cardiff Castle, less than one in five adults have been.

Other celebrated landmarks yet to be seen include Scotland’s Museum of Flights and Collective Gallery (93 percent respectively) and the Loch Ness (73 percent).

Two thirds of those polled by Greene King Inns have never visited Stonehenge, while just one in five have ever clapped eyes on Gateshead’s famous Angel of the North figure.

And a fifth even believe they live within five miles of a major cultural tourist attraction or landmark – that they haven’t got round to visiting.

The research also found with many of the nation’s favourite holiday destinations off limits this summer, almost half of adults will be making more effort to explore the best the UK has to offer. 

For 65 percent, the events of the last 16 months has made them want to visit places they love, or make them happy, and a third of the population have a UK-based staycation booked for 2021.

Liane Hunt, for Greene King Inns, said: “There is so much to see and do right on our doorsteps, and with the current travel restrictions, there has never been a better time to get out exploring. Our results found many agree there is so much happening in the UK, and countless sights to see.

“Having missed out on seeing many of them pre-Covid, Brits are taking the opportunity to return to all the things they have been waiting for. 

“When booking a staycation, 29 percent of people say they want to be close to attractions, while a further 21 percent like to be near a pub.

“With hotels across the UK, and a pub at the heart of everyone, we are seeing a surge of interest as people look to book accommodation which ticks all the boxes.”

Highlighting the longevity of some of the UK’s best-loved sights, 50 per cent of respondents have taken their own kids to sights they liked when they were children. 

Four in 10 find joy in discovering new things about the country they live in, while 45 per cent enjoy learning about British history.

Another 84 per cent believe that in the UK, we are ‘fortunate’ to have a wide range of attractions, cultural sites, fascinating history, and amazing art right on our doorsteps.

And one in five adults would ‘never’ visit a UK landmark without taking a picture of it for their social media profiles.

Eight in 10 believe the UK’s sights and landmarks are as good as those found anywhere else in the world, according to the OnePoll figures.

When it comes to what they most like in a British landmark, the majority (42 percent) opt for a stunning coastline or seaside.

Thirty-three percent enjoy unique areas of natural interest, such as Cheddar Gorge, and 34 percent love a heritage sight like a castle or house with historical value. 

One in six love areas filled with natural forest, and just under a tenth find pleasure in beautiful driving roads.

Liane Hunt added: “For a small island, the variety of things Britain has to offer a tourist is incredible. We’ve got mountains, beaches, thousands of years of history, modern art, areas of outstanding natural beauty – the list goes on. You could have every holiday for the rest of your life without leaving the UK, and still not run out of things to see and do.

“That’s why we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win the ultimate staycation, with a £500 prize fund to spend on entry to UK landmarks and three free nights at any of our hotels.

“That way, you could view attractions such as the Angel of the North right from the comfort of your bedroom window, or at least be in good walking distance.”

To enter, simply email [email protected] setting out why you should win.


1.            Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland – 95 percent

2.            Wales National Pool, Swansea, Wales – 94 percent

3.            RSPB Belfast’s Window on Wildlife, Belfast, Northern Ireland – 94 percent

4.            Belfast Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland – 94 percent

5.            Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland – 93 percent

6.            Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland – 93 percent

7.            King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester, England – 92 percent

8.            Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve, Birmingham, England – 92 percent

9.            Strawberry Hill, London, England – 92 percent

10.          National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Wales – 91 percent

11.          St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, Wales – 90 percent

12.          Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, England – 89 percent

13.          Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales – 89 percent

14.          Jodrell Bank Observatory, Manchester, England – 88 percent

15.          Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland – 88 percent

16.          Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland – 87 percent

17.          BFI Southbank, London, England – 87 percent

18.          National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland – 87 percent

19.          Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, England – 86 percent

20.          British Library, London, England – 85 percent

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