Three of the world’s top 5 iconic landmarks are in Britain

A poll of 2,000 adults in the UK reveals the world’s top 30 most iconic landmarks, and three of the top five are in Britain

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Stone Henge. Image credit: VisitBritain

The world’s top 30 most iconic landmarks have been revealed in a recent study, and three English landmarks – Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Stonehenge – all featured in the top five.

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Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames. Image credit: VisitBritain

The 30-strong list offered some European gems, with the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Edinburgh Castle making up the top ten.

And when it came to representing a country it wasn’t just man-made structures that made the cut – participants in the survey rated natural wonders highly too. Nepal’s Mount Everest, the highest peak on the globe, came in at number 17 on the list; while many chose the home of mythical Nessie – the vast Loch Ness of Scotland.

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Loch Ness. Image credit: VisitBritain

The impressive Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Louvre in France, and Venice’s famous rivers were other notable mentions.

The average adult has seen ten iconic landmarks in the list, though one fifth of the adults polled had only experienced two or less. Seven in ten Brits are concerned that they haven’t seen enough of the world, with 79 per cent who admitted they’re prepared to spend a good amount of cash on expanding their life experience.

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