Traveling the world and exploring the most famous landmarks is most people’s idea of heaven – not everyone agrees.
TripAdvisor is full of comments from disgruntled tourists who have visited famous attractions and found them to be lacking – and Britain has the dubious honor of being three in the top ten most complained about.
Here’s a full rundown of the attractions that, according to a study by online casino site Mr Q, complained about the most.
1. Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame lands the unfortunate title of the most negatively reviewed tourist attraction in the world.
Established in 1960, the Walk of Fame features names from Michael Jackson to Donald Trump engraved on the floor.
Many of the attraction’s one-star ratings focus on the lack of cleanliness and the number of homeless people living on the streets.
One review said: “If I had my name in a star here I would be beyond ashamed. It’s really sad that the city is letting it get as bad as it is.”
Another wrote: “You should call it ‘Walk of Urine’ if you were naming it after the smell there. All in a very patchy area. I don’t know why that’s still a thing.”
20% of Hollywood Walk of Fame ratings are one and two star reviews.
2. Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was the home of the French King Louis XIII. and his court, spending millions on the building and gardens.
But not everyone is impressed — 17 percent of reviews are one and two stars.
Almost every negative review seems to focus on the attraction’s lack of crowd control, with many saying they suffered panic attacks as people rushed in.
One tourist left a negative review and wrote: “Overpriced. Overfilled. Weeds everywhere in gardens. If you’ve been there before, don’t go back. Instead keep your old memories.”
Stonehenge is the UK attraction that has received the most one and two star ratings from international tourists – 8 per cent of the total.
One disgruntled tourist complained: “A messy, incomplete example of large scale debris left in a vague circle. The walk from the parking lot is the best part of this day trip.
“To be honest, I think they should tear it down and build something that’s a bygone homage to the wonders of contemporary architecture — a Nandos or something.”
Most complained about tourist attractions in the world
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Palace of Versailles
- The Hollywood Sign
- Big Ben
- The White House
- The leaning tower of Pisa
- Empire State Building
- Pyramids of Giza
- Buckingham Palace
4. The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood sign dates back to the heyday of filmmaking and glamor in the 1920s – originally used to advertise local real estate, it has since become a landmark, but not everyone is impressed.
One visitor said: “Not as amazing as TV makes it out to be. It’s a bit disappointing.
Most reviews commented on the lack of access, with the best places to take photos being from a distance.
6% of reviews for The Hollywood Sign fall between one and two stars.
The second British attraction on the list is London’s Big Ben – or more specifically, the Elizabeth Tower clock.
Built by the Victorians in 1859, it was the largest clock in the world at the time and instantly became a global tourist attraction.
However, some prefer more modern forms of timekeeping, as one visitor writes, “I’ve looked at the watch and all I can say is that my Apple Watch is more accurate and nicer to look at.”
Others were frustrated that the bell tower was covered in scaffolding during the recent renovation, with one commenting: “It was all cordoned off. Couldn’t really enjoy it.”
There are 31,783 reviews for Big Ben with either one or two stars, which is about 5%.
6. The White House
The White House is a must-see for all visitors to Washington, DC, having served as the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States since its completion in 1800.
But one visitor criticized the landmark, writing: “We just wanted some photos of the big landmarks but it was awful.
“Everything we wanted to see was fenced off by big fences and a lot of security so we couldn’t even get close enough to get a decent picture.”
The White House received 8,130 one or two star ratings, which is 5%.
7. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began in the 12th century, but the soft ground couldn’t properly support the structure’s weight, resulting in the famous four-degree tilt that lures tourists in droves to the Italian landmark.
One visitor described it as: “Horribly over-hyped mass tourist trap.
“Possibly the ugliest place in terms of hospitality and harassment. Watch who you talk to and keep your hand in your pocket.”
14,633 people have given one or two star reviews of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is approximately 5% of all reviews.
8. Empire State Building
The only New York attraction to make this list, the Empire State Building, was built in 1930 and tourists flock to enjoy the view from its 86th floor.
But many remain unfazed by the unpredictable weather.
One person said: “We had traveled to New York from Australia and traveled to the Empire State Building only to get to the top and find it was a foggy day with no visibility.
“We didn’t see anything due to the weather and were very disappointed with the experience. No employee told us about it.”
4% of ratings for the Empire State Building are one or two stars, which equates to 92,362 negative reviews.
9. Pyramids of Giza
While the pyramids were built to please the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, some modern tourists remain unimpressed.
Many of the one star reviews criticize the aggressive tactics of local tour guides who want money for unofficial access and camel rides, one tourist was unhappy there was so much sand.
One woman said: “I was shocked to see so much sand covering the ground and surrounding area.
“I got the impression they were clearing this sand to make room for us, but they didn’t do anything!
“Instead we had to walk through the hot sand and it rolled over me and ruined my new dress!”
4% of all ratings for the Pyramids of Giza fall between one and two stars.
10. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has over 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London and is a focal point for many of the great royal celebrations.
But as a tourist attraction, Buckingham Palace has received a number of negative reviews, with visitors unhappy with the lack of access to private areas.
One said: “This should be a zero rating. It costs £16.50 just to walk around the lawn. Most of the garden is cordoned off and I would say the garden is shabby at best.
29,303 negative one or two star reviews were given to Buckingham Palace, representing 3% of all reviews.
“They suggest you spend two or three hours there. You won’t be there that long because it’s boring unless you picnic on the lawn.
“The Queen is definitely not a gardener.”
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