London is well known as a tourist hot spot - and with great transport links, you'd think that most of the British public had explored its museums or checked out its world-famous landmarks.
But a survey has revealed Brits would sooner splash out on a trip to the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty than take in the famous sights on home soil such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben.
It seems well-travelled families are more likely to make landmarks a pit stop when abroad, but are ignoring iconic sites at home.
Hadrian’s Wall, Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, and tourist hotspots like Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament all feature on the list of UK places many are yet to visit.
According to a study by leisure group Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts, a quarter of Brits have not set foot in or near St Paul’s and Big Ben remains a TV image for one in eight.
By comparison, two thirds have been to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and a third have seen New York’s Statue of Liberty.
And while sightseers notch up the air miles, they are reluctant to travel to the nation’s biggest cities to see what’s on offer.
The survey found one in ten have never been to the capital, a third have not visited the Beatles’ birthplace of Liverpool and a quarter have not been to Manchester or Birmingham.
Four in ten revealed Cardiff and Edinburgh were also places they had yet to see.
The cost of travelling around Britain and unpredictable weather were the two main reasons for staying away from landmarks that attract millions of foreign visitors each year.
Greg Hegarty, regional general manager of the hotel group, said: “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.”
35 landmarks Brits have never seen
1. Chesil Beach, Dorset
2. Ben Nevis, Scotland
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, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
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, London
33. Westminster Abbey, London
34. Tower of London
35. Big Ben, London
But let's not forget west London...
Here are some must-see attractions even closer to home:
Brent - Wembley Stadium
Ealing - Hanwell Zoo
Hammersmith and Fulham - Fulham Palace
Harrow - Harrow School
Hillingdon - Ruislip Lido
Hounslow - Osterley Park Mansion
Kensington and Chelsea - Natural History Museum