The most complained about tourist attractions in the world – and THREE are in the UK

WHILE travelling the world and exploring its most iconic landmarks is most people's idea of heaven – not everyone agrees.

TripAdvisor is full of comments by disgruntled tourists who've visited famous attractions and found them lacking – and the UK has the dubious honour of three in the top ten most complained about.

Here's a full rundown of the most complained about attractions, according to a study from online casino site Mr Q.

1. Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame lands the unfortunate title of the tourist attraction to receive the most negative reviews in the world.

Established in 1960, the Walk of Fame features the names of everyone from Michael Jackson to Donald Trump etched into the ground.

Many of the attraction's one-star reviews focus on the lack of cleanliness and number of homeless people living on the street.

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One review said: "If I had my name in a star here I would be more than ashamed. It's really sad the city let it get as bad as it is."

Another put: "They should call it 'Walk of Urine' if you would name it after the smell around there. All in a very sketchy area. Don't know why this is still a thing."

2. Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was home to the French King Louis XIII and his court, with millions spent on the building and gardens.

But not everyone is impressed – 17 per cent of its 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 were left experiencing panic attacks as people rushed to enter.

One tourist left a negative review, writing: "Overpriced. Overcrowded. Weeds everywhere in gardens. If you have been before, don't go back. Keep your old memories instead."

3. Stonehenge

Stonehenge is the UK attraction to have received the most one-star reviews from international tourists.

The origins of the prehistoric monument is still a mystery, but archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was constructed about 5,000 years ago.

One disgruntled tourist complained: "A messy, incomplete example of some large scale rubble left in a vague circle. The walk from the car park is the best thing about this day out.

"To be honest, I think they should knock it down and build something that past homage to the wonders of contemporary architecture – a Nandos or something like that."

Most complained about tourist attractions in the world

  1. Hollywood Walk of Fame
  2. Palace of Versailles
  3. Stonehenge
  4. The Hollywood Sign
  5. Big Ben
  6. The White House
  7. Leaning Tower of Pisa
  8. Empire State Building
  9. Pyramids of Giza
  10. Buckingham Palace

4. The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign originates from the 1920s heyday of moviemaking and glamour, when Los Angeles was transformed from into the global home of entertainment.

Originally used to advertise local real estate, it has since become an iconic landmark, but not everyone is impressed.

One visitor said: "Not as amazing as TV makes out. It's a bit disappointing. Just don't go out of your way for it."

Most reviews commented on the lack of access, with the best spots for taking photos being from a distance.

5. Big Ben

The second UK attraction to make the list is London's Big Ben – or more accurately, the Elizabeth Tower clock part of the building.

Built in 1859 by the Victorians, it was the biggest clock in the world and instantly became a global tourist attraction.

But some prefer more modern forms of keeping track of time, with one visitor writing: "Went to see the clock and all I can say is my Apple Watch is more accurate and prettier to look at."

Others were frustrated that the clock tower was covered in scaffolding during recent renovation, with one putting: "It was all blocked off. Couldn't really enjoy it."

6. The White House

As one of the main hubs of US government, The White House is a must-see for all visitors to Washington, D.C.

The White House has served as the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States since construction was completed in 1800.

One visitor criticised the landmark, writing: "We just wanted a few photos of the big sights, but it was awful.

"Everything we wanted to see was caged off by big fences and lots of security, so we couldn't even get close enough for a decent picture."

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7. Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa began construction in the 12th century, but the soft ground could not properly support the structure's weight.

This resulted in the famous four-degree lean that brings tourists in droves to the Italian landmark.

One visitor described their visit, writing: "Terrible overrated mass tourist trap.

"Possibly the ugliest place in terms of hospitality and harassment. Watch who you talk to and keep your hand on your pocket."

8. Empire State Building

The only New York attraction to make this list, the Empire State Building was constructed in 1930 and tourists flock to see the view from its 86th floor.

But many are left unimpressed due to unpredictable weather.

One person put: "We had travelled from Australia to New York and had travelled to the Empire State Building only to get to the top and discover it was a foggy day with no visibility.

"We didn't see anything due to the weather and was very disappointed with the experience. No staff member told us about it."

9. Pyramids of Giza

While the pyramids were built to please the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, some modern tourists are left unimpressed.

While many of the one-star reviews criticise the aggressive tactics of local tour guides wanting money for unofficial access and camel rides, one tourist was unhappy that there was so much sand.

One woman put: "I was shocked to see so much sand covering the ground and surrounding area.

"I was under the impression that they would clear this sand to make way for us, but they did no such thing!

"Instead we had to walk through the hot sand and it got all over me and ruined my new dress!"

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10. Buckingham Palace

The royal residence of Buckingham Palace is a must-visit for any tourists in the UK, with over 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London.

But as a tourist attraction, Buckingham Palace has received negative reviews with visitors unhappy at lack of access to private areas.

One said: "This should be a zero rating. It cost £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.

"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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