Is that in the UK? Brits don’t know!

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One in five put London's Big Ben in Australia.

A quiz asking Brits about locations has found that a large percentage of UK citizens don’t actually know what’s on their doorstep.


It seems that British holidaymakers struggle to recognise UK landscapes, with over a third routinely mistaking key locations for exotic destinations abroad.

The survey found that a shocking 39% of people asked thought that Gwynedd in Snowdonia National Park was abroad.

A big 34% who took the Sykes Cottages quiz thought the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands were overseas.

Another 34% mistakenly believed that Durdle Door on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast was somewhere further afield, and 26% had no clue that the Forest of Dean is in Gloucestershire.

However, it wasn’t just UK locations that we Brits struggled with.

A massive 59% thought that Lake Solitude in Wyoming was in the UK and 43% believed that the Netherlands’ Kasteel Waardenburg is in our territory.

And, worryingly, the confusion doesn’t stop with natural landscapes. We Brits also fail to identify landmarks around the world, with one in five of us placing Big Ben in Australia rather than London, our capital city.

Over 50% of those questioned by did not know that the Coliseum is in Rome, and 11% thought that Australia’s Sydney Opera House is in Italy. 

Other tricky locations to pinpoint were India’s Taj Mahal, with 35% not knowing where the beautiful palace is, and Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, with 39% being unable to identify the country.

It seems that Geography isn’t really our strong suit…


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