Waterloo

I’ve not clocked it, claim Brits

A new survey has revealed that we are a nation of home-bodies – with one in eight UK residents claiming they have never visited the iconic Big Ben clock tower. 

Astoundingly, a quarter of Brits have never laid eyes on St Paul’s Cathedral, with one in 10 admitting they’ve never even stepped foot in London. 

It’s not just our capital city that fails to be drawing us in though:  of the 1,500 adults from across the UK polled by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts - whose Westminster property has been nominated in ‘England’s leading hotel residences 2017’ category at the upcoming World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony’ - half of Brits have never been to Land’s End in Cornwall, while more than four in 10 have yet to visit Windsor Castle. Ben Nevis, The Eden Project and the Angel of the North were also revealed among a list of British landmarks Brits have failed to see - as were Kew Gardens, Snowdonia and Stonehenge.

The poll discovered that 68 percent wished they had seen more of the UK – with four in 10 Brits never managing to reach the Scottish capital Edinburgh. It seems other major cities in the UK are missing out on the limelight too. A quarter of British adults have never been to Birmingham, 27 percent haven’t visited the city of Manchester and 37 percent are yet to visit Liverpool. Meanwhile, 42 percent said they haven’t been to Cardiff.


Greg Hegarty, Regional General Manager UK at PPHE Hotel Group, which operates Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in the United Kingdom, told World Travel News: “We conducted this survey to celebrate the opening of our new and renovated London hotels. There are so many amazing adventures to be had on our very doorstep, with cities like London containing some of the most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions. There’s a rich fabric of culture and arts just waiting to be discovered. We’d like to encourage the nation to get out and tick off the bucket list!” 

 

TOP 35 FAMOUS LANDMARKS BRITS HAVEN’T VISITED

1. Chesil Beach 

2. Ben Nevis 

3. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset 

4. The Eden Project, Cornwall 

5. Loch Ness, Inverness 

6. The Jurassic Coast 

7. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey 

8. Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria 

9. Roman Baths, Bath 

10. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset 

11. Land’s End, Cornwall 

12. Angel of the North, Gateshead 

13. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol 

14. Edinburgh Castle 

15. Windsor Castle, Berkshire 

16. Kew Gardens, London 

17. Sherwood Forest 

18. Stonehenge, Wiltshire 

19. Snowdonia, Wales 

20. Dartmoor, Devon 

21. Brighton Pier 

22. The Lake District, Cumbria 

23. White Cliffs of Dover, Kent 

24. Tate Modern, London 

25. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool 

26. St Paul’s Cathedral, London 

27. The London Eye 

28. Natural History Museum, London 

29. Buckingham Palace, London 

30. Trafalgar Square, London 

31. Houses of Parliament, London 

32. Tower Bridge 

33. Westminster Abbey, London 

34. Tower of London 

35. Big Ben, London

 

Five things: Abba

Planning on visiting the Abba Museum  - Stockholm's latest attraction - this summer? Here are a few facts about Abba to wet your appetite… Words: Kaye Holland.

One Initially Sweden’s greatest national export were known by the rather awkward moniker of Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida rather than Abba, which was the name of a well-known fish-canning company in Sweden! However the quartet negiotated with the canners for the right to use the name Abba – an acronym of the first letters of each group member's name.

Two Dancing Queen is the group’s biggest hit single spending six weeks at number one in the UK and was Abba’s only American number one. The track was recorded in 1975 for the group’s album Arrival and released as a single in 1976. It has proved popular at sporting events and been adopted as a gay anthem

Three Agnetha Faltskog, Abba's youngest member, had a number one hit record in Sweden when she was only 17. However her first performance was at the age of five – when halfway through she dropped her trousers.

Four Abba represented Sweden in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo. The song won and in 2005 during the celebration show for the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, Waterloo was voted the best Eurovision song in the history of the contest.

Five Mamma Mia – the hit show based on the songs of Abba - was nominated for a Broadway Tony Award as best musical in 2002. A film version of the musical directed by  Tom Hanks with Rita Wilson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson as executive producers and starring Meryl Streep was released in 2008 to critical and commercial acclaim.