Tuesday 6 December 2016

Many baffled by national landmarks

Published 30/04/2010 | 14:12

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

No fewer than 28% of Britons cannot correctly identify Trafalgar Square, a survey has shown.

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Asked to name landmarks, 12% were stumped by Stonehenge and 11% were baffled by Buckingham Palace.

The most-recognised of the landmarks was the Angel of the North, with all but 2% correctly identifying it in the survey of 12,257 people by Bing Maps.

Those surveyed were most confused by Cheltenham Racecourse which was mistaken for Silverstone motor racing circuit and wrongly identified by 62%.

The distinctive Cerne Abbas giant hill figure in Dorset was only correctly picked out by 51%.

Only 8% failed to identify the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and only 8% could not place Edinburgh Castle.

Many motorists have trouble negotiating Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham but only 7% of those surveyed failed to identify it.

A spokeswoman for Bing Maps said: "The legendary Trafalgar Square is one of the capital's most popular tourist attractions so it is surprising that more than a quarter failed to recognise the landmark."

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