England Tourist Trap Tips by sourbugger Top 5 Page for this destination
England Tourist Traps: 26 reviews and 34 photos
What's the message then ?
A mate of mine claims (after he has drunk the equivalent in beer of the GDP of a small African state) that he was in on the start of the crop circle phenomenon. Groups of young farmers after one too many scrumpy (West country cider for the unintiated) would haul themselves out to a field and create a few circles with a bit of imagination, a plank and a rope.
Over the years this craze has grown, with increasingly more intricate designs appearing all over western England and in other countries as well, in the summer months.
Millions of webpages are devoted towards whether these are UFO landing sites or messages from a superior intelligence. If they are the latter then why are they trying to contact yokels in Dorset ? and why don't they write in English ?
Whatever their origin (and I think you can see where I stand on this one) it doesnt stop local farmers charging a few quid at the farm gate to allow intrepid UFO seekers onto their land (any connection I wonder ?)
Unique Suggestions: Take it all with a pinch of salt ! or just jump the gate when nobody....
Fun Alternatives: Drink lots of scrumpy - you'll see plenty of circles then !
Don't be this kind of tourist eh ?
From Sourbugger's London page :
London dosn't really have Tourist traps just some very overpriced attractions ; these are in my opinion the worst :
1) London Dungeon. Once saw a guide writing about this place say "unsuitable for adults" - quite.
2) Madame Tussaud's - Lifeless rubbish.
3) Covent Garden - Overpriced rubbish and bloody street entertainers.
4) Eros on Piccadilly - silly little statue on a roundabout that is not even Eros.
5) The Heathrow Express from Paddington to the airport - more expensive than Concorde
6) Locals who tell you that you must visit the delights of Lewisham, Catford or Millwall.
7) Coach & Horses pub in Soho - now overrun with wallies asking if Mr Bernard is OK ?
8) Tower of London - Queen's trinkets
9) Buckingham Palace - up the revolution
10) Bloody sightseeing busses - baa..baa I'm a sheep
Does it tell the time? or a Martian landing site?
Many people place Stonehenge high on their list of 'to do' things in England. If they imagine that they will be alone with the mystical stones, get up close and feel their presence - then they will be somewhat disappointed.
The truth of the matter is that a main A-road runs close by (despite frequent plans to put it in a tunnel or divert it), the facilities area are a mess, you have to pay over five quid to get in and top all that you can't actually get very near the stones at all.
I understand that the stones have to be protected for future generations, but English Heritage (who run the site) have contrived to make a visit to Stonehenge an underwhelming experience in the eyes of many visitors.
UPDATE : DEC 18 2004
Very oddly, just a couple of days after writing the above I notice a 67 million pound plan is put in place to sort out the mess. The roads put in tunnels, decent facilities and general clearing of the mess and clutter.
Unique Suggestions: Come at an odd time to avoid the crowds.
Fun Alternatives: Woodhenge, only 2 miles away is just as interesting and contemporary with Stonehenge. Other stone circles such as Avebury are in fact far more spectacular to visit.
Go on then, just one more time.
From Sourbugger's London Page :
If you want to look at a load of lifeless dummies, then why not visit the House of Commons ?
I fail to understand how this attraction is still at the top of many tourists "Must see" list.
I've been a couple of times (usually taking friends who have insisted) in the past few years and have been quite disappointed at having to part with nearly 20 quid to see a few waxworks. It's not even as if much humour is injected - such as with "Spitting Image" puppets that were displayed a few years back elsewhere.
The main problem is the crowds (although they must limit numbers for fire reasons) is the swarm of humanity moving through.
I believe there is a new "interactive" section which mainly involves Brittney Spear's or Kylie's cute arse rotating - this must show quite how low the level of the I.Q of the average visitor must me.
Go to Baker street tube, and join the Queue if you really have to.
Unique Suggestions: Look in the section where they show how the models are made : actually quite interesting. The rows of heads labelled up here (as they are not currently on display) is also worth a look
More Reviews (111)
- See All A theme park firmly for children
- See All The classiest way to arrive...
- See All Monkeys in Safari parks
- See All A nation of seafarers
- See All One very strange and specialised museum
- See All Gold, silver and bling
- See All Red, Red Wine...sang UB40
- See All Birthplace of the Beatles...
- See All SB's guide to the rest of the...
- See All What's in a place name ?
- See All A Newcastle Institution
Been to England?Share your travels with the world!
sourbugger's Related Pages
England Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "England my England"
- "The Regal Lion"
- "My bit of the UK."
- "This England"
- "Enticing England"
- "England has a Little Bit of Everything"
- "England under the skin"
- See All...
- Things to Do in England
- Hotels in England
- Transportation in England
- Nightlife in England
- Restaurants in England
- Shopping in England
- Warnings and Dangers in England
- See All...
Explore the World
- South Tacoma Hotels
- Condado Hotels
- Deloraine Hotels
- Makakilo City Hotels
- Horseshoe Canyon Unit- Canyonlands National Park
- Cerveny Klastor
Badges & Stats in England
- 1,027 Reviews
- 1,009 Photos
- 81 Forum posts
- 45 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (60)
Have you been to England?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in England
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination London Intro, 318 reviews, 312 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Europe Intro, 209 reviews, 154 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination England Intro, 115 reviews, 116 photos
- Paris Intro, 105 reviews, 110 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Dublin Intro, 87 reviews, 73 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Ireland Intro, 80 reviews, 79 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Galway Intro, 58 reviews, 49 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Birmingham Intro, 49 reviews, 48 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Asia Intro, 39 reviews, 38 photos
- Boston Intro, 35 reviews, 34 photos
FriendsSee All Friends (84)
Top England hotels
- London Hotels
- 23314 Reviews - 48908 Photos
- Blackpool Hotels
- 481 Reviews - 891 Photos
- Manchester Hotels
- 1741 Reviews - 4028 Photos
- Torquay Hotels
- 178 Reviews - 352 Photos
- York Hotels
- 1631 Reviews - 3979 Photos
- Bournemouth Hotels
- 207 Reviews - 462 Photos
- Scarborough Hotels
- 276 Reviews - 409 Photos
- Eastbourne Hotels
- 94 Reviews - 207 Photos
- Whitby Hotels
- 355 Reviews - 743 Photos
- Liverpool Hotels
- 1280 Reviews - 2297 Photos
- Birmingham Hotels
- 766 Reviews - 1269 Photos
- Newquay Hotels
- 139 Reviews - 274 Photos
- Chester Hotels
- 471 Reviews - 1183 Photos
- Newcastle upon Tyne Hotels
- 829 Reviews - 1629 Photos
- Great Yarmouth Hotels
- 25 Reviews - 91 Photos