A fifth of Welsh people claim they have never visited Big Ben and 10 per cent admit they’ve never been to London, according to a survey by Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts.

The survey was carried out to mark the launch of London Revealed – a new online hub and guide to the city.

More than half of Welsh respondents had never been to Land’s End in Cornwall or Windsor Castle. Ben Nevis, The Eden Project and the Angel of the North were also revealed among a list of British landmarks the Welsh have failed to see.

By contrast, 18 per cent had visited the nation’s favourite tourist attraction, Snowdonia.

When it comes to foreign landmarks - two thirds of Welsh adults have taken the trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and nearly a third have visited the Statue of Liberty in New York.

The poll discovered that more than half of Welsh people wished they had seen more of the UK – more than half never managing to reach the Scottish capital Edinburgh. It seems other major cities in the UK are missing out on the limelight too. A fifth of Welsh adults have never been to Birmingham, a third haven’t visited the city of Manchester and 44 per cent are yet to visit Liverpool.

More than a third said they are reluctant to visit other parts of the UK due to the unpredictable weather. However cost of travel was the biggest issue for Welsh respondents. Nearly half of the adults surveyed said their knowledge of British history would be better if they had visited more of the UK. Almost two thirds are planning on a staycation this year.

Greg Hegarty, regional general manager UK at PPHE Hotel Group, which operates Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in the United Kingdom, said: “We conducted this survey to celebrate the opening of our new and renovated London hotels. There are so many amazing adventures to be had on our very doorstep, with cities like London and Cardiff 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!"