A recent survey has suggest that us Brits are neglecting our own heritage, after revealing more Brits have seen the Eiffel Tower than Buckingham Palace!
Yes it is true, apparently nearly half of us Brits (45%) have seen the Eiffel Tower, compared to only 36% of us having seen Buckingham Palace.
The research was carried out by a well known Bingo chain, and also revealed that roughly the same amount of Brits have visited the Statue of Liberty (21%) as have visited Hadrian's Wall (20%) Even though the famous New York site is thousands of miles further away than the ancient Roman landmark!
This study highlights two facts, that us Brits prefer to get away from this country when they get chance of a break, and also that we are neglecting our countries own heritage! With the survey revealing that a staggering 18% of the British population have never visited any of the UK's top attractions, such as Blackpool Tower, Stonehenge or the Houses of Parliament.
18%! That is a rather poor effort by us all! However, my confidence in us Brits was restored slightly, when I read further that the main reasons cited by the 1,000 people surveyed for nearly a fifth of the British population having not visited a popular UK landmark was due to the fact that they would rather holiday abroad than at home, when they got the chance. Many went further saying the “lack of new experiences, poor weather and bad public transport” is what sends them looking further afield.
The survey also revealed quite surprisingly that Londoners are the laziest when it came to visiting tourist hots spots. With over half of those asked (58%) claiming that they had never been to Buckingham Palace, despite its international reputation and central London location!
Out of those who did make the effort to explore some of our vast heritage, the most popular cities visited were Manchester, followed by Edinburgh and then Bath.
Whilst the study also revealed the most popular preferred holiday destinations included, Rome, Las Vegas, Marbella and New York.
The way I see it, this study reveals that us Brits like our everyday home comforts; our sofas, TV and the Internet. This makes it easy for us to enjoy our weekends relaxing and staying in after a busy week at work. But whenever we do get the chance for a break we want to make the most of it, and get away from our everyday routines and the general bad weather the UK has to offer us, hence a holiday search and a trip abroad into the sunshine!