It’s a sad state of affairs if a survey commissioned by Vauxhall Motors is representative of the whole of the UK population.
Sky News reported yesterday that a survey conducted on behalf of the car manufacturer found that Britons will only see an average of 28 British towns and cities in their lifetime – a mere 2% of the UK.
It seems that many of us overlook our local tourist attractions – one if five Edinburgh residents have never visited Edinburgh Castle, and one third of North East residents have never seen the Angel of the North.
While I can’t begin to name all the British tourist attractions, towns and cities worth visiting here is a selection to get you started:
Contrary to some beliefs, Hadrian’s Wall was not built to keep the Scottish out! This magnificent Roman monument was built in AD122 by order of the Emperor Hadrian, took around six years to build and was once about 15 feet high and up to 10 feet thick.
The wall is 73 miles long and snakes its way through the British countryside between Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne in the east, and Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.
Angel of the North
Mentioned in the survey, the Angel of the North is made from 200 tonnes of steel and stands 20m high and has a wingspan of 54m.
This contemporary sculpture was designed by Antony Gormley and is sandwiched between the A1 and the A167. Although visible from the road, it’s advisable to park up and view this sculpture from the ground to really appreciate its proportions.
I had to add this location! Situated in Anglesey, Wales, this town’s name was a great source of hilarity when I was a child struggling to pronounce it. The town’s railway station boasts the title of the longest named railway station in Britain. The name translates to ‘St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave’.
The Stone of Destiny
Situated in Edinburgh Castle, the Stone of Destiny was taken by Edward I of England in 1296 and famously returned home in 1996.
The Blarney Stone
Searching for the gift of the gab? Well kiss the Blarney Stone and solve your problems. The Blarney Stone is to be found in Blarney Castle, but you’ll need some nerve to kiss it! To kiss the stone you have to lean backwards, lying high up on the parapet walk – very scary. I’ve tried, but with my fear of heights I’m not sure I managed to reach it.
Hopefully the above will inspire British residents to think about tourist attractions both in their backyard and those further afield.
Please feel free to add some of your own favourites below.