UK travellers are far more able to spot famous landmarks abroad than those in their home country, a survey suggests.
Every participant in travel agency sunshine’s survey managed to recognise the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but just 77% spotted that a UK landmark was in fact Stonehenge.
Indeed, Sydney Opera House and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge proved to be far more famous among Brits travelling from London Airports such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Luton than Trafalgar Square and the London Eye.
This is despite the fact that UK tourists live in the country, and many may have even travelled past such landmarks on the bus to the airport.
There were 1,714 British travellers who took part in the survey, 98% of whom recognised the pyramids in Egypt, while 96% picked out the Statue of Liberty in New York and 95% were able to name the Great Wall of China.
While Big Ben was recognised by 93% of UK holidaymakers, neither Trafalgar Square nor the London Eye were in the top 10 of the most recognisable landmarks.
Sunshine co-founder, Chris Clarkson, said: “I actually can’t quite believe that more UK-based landmarks didn’t feature in the top 10 here. “To see that more people recognised the Golden Gate Bridge above the likes of the London Eye and Trafalgar Square is a bit of an eye opener.”
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