The majority of Brits cannot recognise the skylines of the UK’s largest cities, a new survey has revealed. The pictorial study, conducted by Travelodge, found that 65 percent of Britons failed to recognise the skyline of Liverpool, with 45 percent of the 5,000 respondents believing the birthplace of the Beatles to be the Canadian city of Vancouver.
More than half of British adults (51 percent) struggled to identify the skyline of Scotland’s capital city, which includes Edinburgh Castle. A fifth of adults thought the historic Edinburgh skyline belonged to Istanbul. The skyline of Newcastle meanwhile, was mistaken by 27% of respondents for Sydney, and 59 percent of British adults could not recognise Manchester’s skyline, with 38 percent thinking the city was Madrid.
Perhaps most worryingly, a fifth of Brits struggled to identify the skyline of London, with around ten percent mistaking the capital for New York.
Interestingly, it appears that Brits’ international geography is better than their local knowledge. Seventy percent of respondents correctly identified Istanbul’s skyline, while more than 80 percent of British adults correctly identified the skylines of San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris, New York and Sydney.
Travelodge spokesperson, Shakila Ahmed said the results were “shocking”.