Paris and London are popular with British children

According to a new poll by, almost 1 in 4 children have visited the French capital while the same proportion have been to London. Research found that children aged 4 to 12 have on average, visited up to 7 foreign countries by the age of 12, but do not know where many British landmarks are.

It revealed that 85% of British children have been abroad by the age of 12, with almost 1 in 5 venturing to North America and nearly 1 in 10 travelling to Asia.

But when asked if they expected their offspring to know where in the country popular destinations were located, less than 1 in 10 of parents said they thought children would be able to say where Hadrian’s Wall could be found, while 7% believed their children could pinpoint Stonehenge on the map and 3% said youngsters would know where the Giant’s Causeway was.

Marketing Director at, Iain Hildreth, said: ”It’s amazing to think that British kids will have seen so many foreign places by the time they hit their teens. It is surprising, to see the gaps in their knowledge about their own country in this report. With so much to do and see in the UK – and the great value for money that rail travel can provide – there really is no excuse not to be able to tell the Lizard from Lyme Regis.”

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