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.



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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