Nottingham not hot on geography as research reveals common mistakes
NEW research has revealed some of the city's geogrpahical faux pas.
41% of people in Nottingham either have no idea that Birmingham is considered to be the UK's second city, or, believe Manchester owns that title despite the fact the population of Manchester is less than half that of Birmingham. Confidently, 8% of Notts' respondents thought their city was the second most populous in the country.
Another 41% considered Cambridge to be part of the Midlands, but at least this blunder was mutual, with 35% of South-East city Cambridge also thinking they are a part of the Midlands.
The survey, conducted by train company CrossCountry, found famous landmarks and the geography of the rest of the UK also proved to be a challenge; 63% of Nottingham respondents didn't know that Glasgow was Scotland's biggest city. 51% thought that title went to Edinburgh, with 4% opting for Aberdeen and 9% saying they didn't know.
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Two thirds (66%) didn't know Bodmin Moor was located in Cornwall, but a 61% majority correctly identified that the Angel of the North was located in Tyne & Wear.
71% of Notts people correctly identified that York was once named the Kingdom of Jorvik by the Vikings - more than Midlands rivals Leicester and Birmingham, from where 60% where right. 6% of respondents from Nottingham thought that Nottingham was once named the Kingdom of Jorvik by the Vikings.
Carol Blackburn, Partnerships Manager for CrossCountry, said: "Geographical awareness is not just something that you pick up from books and maps. It is also based on experience and our travels. I often hear people say ‘my geography is awful’ but it doesn’t have to be."
CrossCountry offers rail services from Nottingham to Derby, Bristol and Cardiff.
"Getting out and about and taking advantage of the fact our rail services connect towns and cities up and down Britain can help people uncover some of our island’s most breath-taking destinations.”
Recent research from VisitEngland shows day visits in England were up by 12% in 2012 compared to 2011.