Although most Brits would proudly claim to be patriotic, only one in four has seen the UK’s top landmarks, according to a study released last month.
Two thirds of Brits have never seen UK landmarks such as the White Cliffs of Dover and Windsor Castle, while three quarters have never visited Scotland’s famous Loch Ness.
One in two adults even admitted they are more likely to visit locations overseas than those closer to home, with more people catching a glimpse of Paris’ Eiffel Tower than London’s Buckingham Palace.
The study, carried out by luxury cottage rental firm Rural Retreats, also revealed that of the top 50 landmarks and locations in the UK, the average adult has visited just 14.
Charles Millward, chief executive of Rural Retreats, said: “It’s a shame that so many people are yet to discover the great places and landmarks within the UK.
“We have so many World Heritage Sites, areas of outstanding beauty, with the advantage that people don’t have to travel to find something fascinating to visit – something that others travel around the world to see.
“There is so much on offer within the country we live in. Whether it’s Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, or the birthplace of the industrial revolution, these islands have a unique appeal – maybe we forget as it is all on our doorstep.”
Big Ben is the most popular visited landmark, with 60 per cent having seen it, while other London tourist attractions, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, came in second and third place.
However, Brits are more likely to have seen the Eiffel Tower than Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Brighton Pier.
Other foreign attractions to get more visits from Brits than those on our own doorstep include New York’s Statue of Liberty, the Colosseum in Rome and the Rock of Gibraltar.