Friday, 17 August 2007 12:00 AM
Stonehenge is the country's most disappointing visitor attraction, research out today reveals.
A survey from Virgin Travel Insurance finds around 25 per cent of Britons believed Stonehenge did not live up to their expectations, despite the 4,000 year-old rock formation being the UK's only man-made structure in the new seven wonders of the world shortlist.
The overseas visitor attraction that was considered the most disappointing was the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which was also in the new seven wonders shortlist, though did not make it to the final cut.
Also singled out were The Angel of the North in Gateshead, Blackpool Tower, Lands' End in Cornwall and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in London.
Further afield, it was the most famous city break attractions that got the thumbs down - Times Square and the Statue of Liberty in New York, and visiting the Mona Lisa in The Louvre.
Travel expert Felice Hardy explained travellers were likely to find the stress and expense of going to popular attractions a key issue, "thanks to pickpockets, endless crowds and expensive ticket prices."
"It's easy to be swayed by brochures that opt for the mainstream and focus on clichéd tourist sights around the world, but many of them are overcrowded and disappointing," she said.
"Pick carefully and don't always go for the obvious - natural phenomena are usually more exciting than the man-made, and can be wonderfully free of tourists."
Top ten most-disappointing UK attractions
2. Angel of the North
3. Blackpool Tower
4. Lands' End
5. Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
6. The London Eye
7. Brighton Pier
8. Buckingham Palace
9. White Cliffs of Dover
10. Big Ben
Top ten most-disappointing overseas attractions
1. The Eiffel Tower, Paris
2. The Mona Lisa, The Louvre, Paris
3. Times Square, New York
4. Las Ramblas, Barcelona
5. Statue of Liberty, New York
6. Spanish Steps, Rome
7. The White House, Washington DC
8. The Pyramids, Egypt
9. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
10. The Leaning Tower of Pisa