The UK has always been a popular choice for American visiting Europe because of its rich and varied history. With this in mind a door-to-door worldwide holiday baggage courier company wanted to find out what Americans thought was the number one landmark to see when visiting the UK.
It is estimated that a staggering 34 million Americans visit the UK each year, contributing over £17 billion to the UK economy. Due to its long history, the UK has a range of diverse historical landmarks all across the country including many situated in London, Edinburgh Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and York Minster to name a few.
Unsurprisingly the survey found that Buckingham Palace was top of many Americans must see attractions when visiting the UK, with the Tower of London and Stonehenge also high up on the list. The survey, commissioned by www.sendmybag.com asked 5,000 American residents over the age of 18, “Which landmark would you most like to visit in the UK?” Participants could choose from 10 of the UK’s most popular landmarks.
Buckingham Palace came top with 22% of the vote, closely followed by the Tower of London in second with 17% and Stonehenge third with 15%. The full list can be found below:
- Buckingham Palace – 22%
- Tower of London – 17%
- Stonehenge – 15%
- Westminster Abbey – 13%
- Edinburgh Castle – 11%
- Hadrian’s Wall – 6%
- Roman Baths, Bath – 5%
- Royal Yacht Britannia – 4%
- York Minster – 4%
- Blackpool Tower – 3%
For many Americans, Princess Diana opened their hearts to the British Royal family, and even after her death with Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry picking up the mantle the popularity of the Royal Family has never been greater in the US and it shows after the Queens London residence, Buckingham Palace was voted the number one UK attraction.
Speaking about the results Adam Ewart, founder of Send My Bag said:
“It’s fantastic to see Americans feel the same as we do as some of our national landmarks. A lot of the landmarks on the list have played a huge role in defining our history and it’s great that people from other countries want to explore them. It also offers an insight into the history of the UK, what made the UK what it is today.”
“It is unsurprising that Buckingham Palace is the must see landmark in the UK. It is an important part of our history and of course as they don’t have a royal family of their own, seeing ours is fascinating for many Americans and thanks to the younger Royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, including the visit between Barrack Obama and Prince George, our Royal family has never been so popular. “