Young Britons are traditionalists at heart who are keen to explore their country’s heritage according to findings from a new children’s tourism report.
Hotel chain, Travelodge polled 2,500 youngsters to attain their views on which British attractions they rate as the most iconic landmarks, and found that young Britons predominately chose historical sites above modern attractions with the 153-year old, world’s largest four-faced clock, Big Ben topping the poll.
Second place was awarded to the 5,000 year old stone monument ‘Stonehenge’ and
The Tower of London, home to the crown jewels which was built nearly a millennium ago, took third place in the top ten listing.
Buckingham Palace reached fourth place while fifth place was awarded to Europe’s largest ferris wheel, The London Eye – marking the only modern day attraction to make the poll. The remainder of the listing was largely made up of landmarks built in the 1800s or before.
Further research findings revealed that following a patriotic summer including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and a summer of sport, a third of British youngsters said they believe it is important for them to explore their homeland.
In response to this growing interest, more than a third of British kids have asked their parents if they can visit a museum or an art gallery during the half-term break, in comparison to one in five kids who requested a trip to a theme park.
Shakila Ahmed, a Travelodge spokeswoman, said: “It’s fantastic news that young Britons are keen to preserve our heritage as nearly all of the attractions to make the children’s top ten list of iconic British landmarks have historical significance. This summer of patriotic fervour has certainly created an appetite for young Britons to discover what makes Great Britain so great."