Funny things tourists say

“Can you tell me where I can see the hobbits?”, “Are the tunnels underground?”, and “Does my ferret need to be on a lead in this area?” are just some of the crazy questions tourists have asked their guides at English Heritage's 400 properties around England.


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The long list of funny questions has prompted English Heritage to come up with a Top 5 of quirky questions:

“Why did they build so many ruined castles and abbeys in England?” – A tourist at Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Having been told that Cleeve Abbey in Somerset had once been the home of monks, a group of children visiting Cleeve Abbey in Somerset eagerly asked a member of site staff: “Where are the monkeys?”

A misty day at Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, Kent prompted a tourist to ask: 'What time do you switch the mist off?'

“Is this where Sharon and Ozzie actually live?” – A visitor to Osborne House, Isle of Wight

A little girl at Clifford's Tower, York: “Is this Clifford the big red dog's tower?” Upon a member of staff explaining that it is actually a castle, the little girl asked: “Is it a bouncy castle?”

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Last updated by Jack on 28 February, 2012 in Reading.

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