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Half of UK public fail to identify Edinburgh Castle and one in six don’t recognise Hadrian’s Wall


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How well do YOU know Britain’s landmarks? Test reveals public’s startling lack of knowledge about the UK’s attractions, with half failing to identify Edinburgh Castle

  • One in six of those that took the test were unable to identify Hadrian’s Wall 
  • A third failed to recognise the striking architecture of the Glastonbury Tor tower 
  • One in five admitted that they had no idea where Milton Keynes was located 
  • See how you get on in the test – scroll to the bottom and click on the link 

Brits lack basic knowledge of popular UK landmarks – with almost half failing to identify Edinburgh Castle.

When shown a picture, just under 50 per cent of 2,000 adults who took part in a poll did not have a clue which castle they were looking at, with one in five confusing it with Dover Castle.

One in six were unable to identify Hadrian’s Wall and a third failed to tell the striking architecture of St Michael’s Tower on Glastonbury Tor from locations like Tintern Abbey and Ludlow Castle.

Almost half of 2,000 Brits that took a test on UK attractions failed to correctly identify Edinburgh Castle, pictured 

But two-thirds of adults recognised Bristol’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

And the austere, modern look of Albert Dock in Liverpool was also more recognisable with 61 per cent of Brits able to name the landmark.

Brits were also tested on their knowledge of key locations and asked to identify the county where specific cities and sites could be found.

The iconic silhouette of The Angel of the North left a lasting impression, with 83 per cent able to correctly name Tyne and Wear as the home of the landmark.

But only 57 per cent were able to place Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, with one in five admitting they had no idea where it is in the UK.

One in seven Brits would be incorrectly heading to Devon for their trip to Portsmouth, rather than its true home in Hampshire.

One in six of those that took the test were unable to identify Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, pictured

One in six of those that took the test were unable to identify Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, pictured 

A third failed to tell the striking architecture of the tower on Glastonbury Tor, pictured, from locations like Tintern Abbey and Ludlow Castle

A third failed to tell the striking architecture of the tower on Glastonbury Tor, pictured, from locations like Tintern Abbey and Ludlow Castle

And only three in five would be able to find their way to the Eden Project, in Cornwall.

Amazingly, one in six were unable to name Cardiff as the capital of Wales, and 16 per cent came unstuck when trying to identify Edinburgh as the capital of Scotland.

Despite this, three in five Brits, polled via OnePoll.com, consider themselves well-travelled, while three in 10 believe their knowledge of UK geography and locations is very good or better.

It also emerged that 85 per cent of participants were correctly able to name the River Trent as a body of water in the UK.

And 44 per cent recognised the River Spey as belonging to the British Isles.

Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach, said: ‘The United Kingdom has so much to offer with regard to natural splendour and man-made sights and our research indicates that thousands may be unaware of what is right on their doorstep.

The Angel of the North, pictured, left a lasting impression, with 83 per cent able to correctly name Tyne and Wear as the home of the landmark

The Angel of the North, pictured, left a lasting impression, with 83 per cent able to correctly name Tyne and Wear as the home of the landmark

‘Brits tend to think they have to travel further afield for adventure when it can often be found just a short distance from their homes.

‘We are lucky to have such a wealth of places to visit on our small island, with coach offering a convenient and great value way to get there.

‘With over 1,800 coach services running every day to more than 750 locations, we’re encouraging more travellers to get out this summer and discover something new in the UK.’

National Express has created a quiz – Blighty or Abroad? – which asks players to guess whether the vista they are seeing is from the British Isles or somewhere further afield. 

Take the quiz at www.nationalexpress.com/en/blog/blighty-or-abroad. 

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