Britain's 12 grumpiest visitors pan top attractions on TripAdvisor

There's just no pleasing some people. The UK may have world heritage sites, one of the world's most vibrant and cultured capital cities, and some glorious landscapes. But not all visitors are impressed, as these less-than-glowing TripAdvisor reviews show.

Stonehenge: "A bunch of rocks"

A wonder of the ancient world. A Unesco heritage site. And one of Britain's most fascinating places, as experienced recently by the US President?

Not so, according to one visitor.

"Just rocks"

"The definition of a tourist trap. Miles and miles of travelling to arrive at a park where you are given an audio guide to some really uninteresting rocks which can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes depending on your pace."

Another said: "What a complete waste of time, and more important, lots of money. It is just a bunch of rocks."

Now, I understand some people will like seeing a bunch of rocks and look at Stonehenge with a different perspective. For those people, definitely go see Stonehenge.

White cliffs of Dover: "White cliffs? More like dingy brown"

The unmistakable arrival point to the country, surely one of the world's most magnificent entry points. Not according to this reviewer:

"Except for the historical significance there isn't anything exciting about the cliffs as they are today. A dingy brown vs glistening white as we are all brought up to believe, there is a dirty, car-infested ferry depot/industrial area at the base of the cliffs.


"The best view of the cliffs is from the freeway into town. You can't really see them from the castle area. Our English friends told us we'd be disappointed, and they were right."


Hadrian's Wall: "For Roman ruins, go to Rome"

The ancient dividing line between the Roman Empire and the marauding Caledonians, located in part of Britain's most spectacular countryside.

This reviewer, however, was underwhelmed:

"There's an obvious question for those who visit Hadrian's Wall: where's the wall? Unfortunately, only bits and pieces of it are visible. (I caught a glimpse between the bushes while driving.) Castles and forts along the way have little more than a few stones to indicate the original floor plans. You'll need a rich imagination as you read signs that indicate "This is where ..." such-and-such building existed.

"If you're interested in seeing great Roman ruins, save your money and go to Pompeii or Rome. Besides, you'll enjoy better weather and better food!"

Trafalgar Square: "Too tall"

With mighty lions guarding it, surrounded by the country's most prestigious galleries, Trafalgar Square must surely rank among the more impressive places to linger in London.

Guess again. This reviewer has strong, if slightly offbeat, views.

"The column is too tall for the size of the square and means that you cannot very well see Nelson even if you think of looking up that far. It does not catch the eye really despite being central."

The reviewer does concede, however: "The rest of the square is good - a great space. The column does add a sense of monumentality to the square as a whole all of which I like, just a shame it is so high."

Royal Crescent, Bath: "Give it a miss"

Ahh Bath. That great Georgian town, with Jane Austen associations and marvellous Roman baths.

Except its defining street just doesn't cut it for this visitor...

"It is no more spectacular than any other Georgian terrace in any other part of the UK. However by the attitude of the security you would be mistaken for believing you were visiting the crown jewels.

"I do understand that people live in the buildings but if you do not want tourists to visit DO NOT advertise it as a "must see". Was not permitted to walk on the street, take pictures or walk on the grass, treated as an outcast for daring to look at the buildings - from a distance..... Give it a miss."

British Museum: "Coma-inducing"

Yes, there may be a few issues over ownership. But as a repository for learning, and the world's great historical treasures, the museum surely cannot be beaten? And it's free, for goodness sake.

Not for everyone, it seems ...

"Coma inducing", one review started.

"I'm really sorry, but I just don't see the lure to this museum. My son and I really tried to like the exhibits but it was just so boring."

Leicester Square, London: "Hell on a stick"

We suspect this will elicit a bit more sympathy. It may have film premiers, but this central London square can be a bit of a Marmite attraction. And we know where this reviewer stands...

"Hell on a stick": Even if you go and see a film, overpriced, usually noisy and dirty. Bars rammed full of tourists and the square full of kids trying to nick fags of [sic] you."

Loch Ness, Scotland: "Just a regular lake"

Whether the monster is there or not, surely no-one could turn their noses up at the superb Scottish vistas here? But you know where this is going, don't you?

Yep. Only one star from this visitor:

"Nothing special here, just a regular lake like so many others with incredibly expensive tour to hear stories about Nessie... Really not worth the trip or the money!"

Land's End, Cornwall: "Felt like a bad service station"

The end of Britain. A moving spot out west.

It's not for everyone though...

"Went out of our way to visit while camping in Cornwall and wished we hadn't bothered the landmark has all the charm of a really bad service station everything seemed overly commercialised and over priced we left after half an hour."

Although it was not all bad, apparently:

"We did buy postcards at the shop and the staff were really friendly."

Clifton Bridge, Bristol: "Just a bridge"

A marvel of Victorian engineering, and a defining Bristol landmark. But not all those who see it are taken by Brunel's design.

"Boring: The gorge itself was not wide and there was nothing to see. The bridge was nice. But just a bridge. We went at night and during the day and I wasn't impressed."

Pembrokeshire coast: "Not nice in wet weather"

This spot in Western Wales is known for its unspoiled, rugged beauty.

But not so if it rains apparently, warns one reviewer:

"Not nice in wet weather:

"It might be lovely in good weather but I can't say I was overly impressed with the coastline. Very windy and blustery and quite grey. I don't think it's as pretty as Dorset's Jurassic coast."

Ben Nevis, Scotland: "Very steep and too high"

This critic seems to have forgotten that mountains can, er, be a bit of climb. And that you may not have all mod cons at the top.

It was a one star review. And we're inclined to give around the same same ranking for the reviewer's general intelligence (if it's not a spoof).

"After going up Mount Snowdon by train in Wales I'd forgotten just how high some mountains can get. And they don't come much higher than this one - that's for sure. LOL!

This was almost a FULL day's climbing and my girlfriend was crying at one point. When we did get to the top there was nothing there (Mount Snowdon has a pub, restaurant and toilets at its top). Luckily we had brought some sandwiches and drinks, so anyone else climbing this one - BE WARNED- there are NO facilities at the top.

"This attraction is free but I honestly couldn't imagine anyone - and I mean anyone - paying to climb this."

The Telegraph, London