UK’s iconic tourist attractions considered poor value for money


More Britons than ever are choosing to holiday in the UK after the coronavirus pandemic – and amid recent airport chaos.

Holidaymakers have been spotted queuing for hours just to get through security and even missing flights due to the massive queues.

Thus, many people wishing to leave during the Easter or summer holidays choose to soak up the tourist sites of the British Isles.

Unfortunately, however, analysis has shown that some of Britain’s most famous attractions have proven to be poor value for money.

New search for ParkSleepFly analyzed the cost of a one-day adult admission ticket to 30 of the world’s top tourist attractions, as well as the number of ‘poor’ and ‘terrible’ reviews each attraction received, to reveal the worst ratio quality-price of tourist attractions in the world.

Buckingham Palace was also classified as low value

And, unfortunately, the best places like Stonehenge and Buckingham Palace were on the list of cheapest sites.

Buckingham Palace came second.

A visit to the State Rooms in the royal residence will set you back £30, however 3.3% of visitors were unimpressed with their visit to the Queen’s home.

Luckily, it’s free to see the palace from the outside, so if you head to the Changing of the Guards for a great value experience.

The London Eye makes the list
The London Eye makes the list

Stonehenge also ranks second.

Visitors to the ancient monument must pay £19.50 to visit, but reviews found on Tripadvisor include that you are not allowed to touch the stones, and one disgruntled reviewer described the attraction as “just a pile of rocks”.

We’d say there’s a bit more to the attraction than that as there’s also a lot of information about the stones, their meanings and how they were raised so it’s up to you if it sounds like your cup of tea.

The London Eye and Edinburgh Castle also ranked among the cheapest attractions, taking 5th and 10th places.

Edinburgh Castle was listed 10th
Edinburgh Castle was listed 10th

But, at the top of the list of the cheapest attractions, there was an American show.

Taking the unfortunate title of being the cheapest attraction was New York’s Empire State Building.

While it’s undoubtedly an iconic New York landmark, climbing the tower costs £32.57 (and that’s only on the main deck, not the very top).

Combined with a negative review rate of 4.2%, the Empire State Building only scores 1.03/10 for value.


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