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The Great British Quiz Roundup. Are you up to the challenge?

With Brits staycationing in record numbers thanks to COVID, we’re keen to see just how much knowledge you’ve picked up about these green and pleasant isles.

The Great British Quiz (Shutterstock)

Thanks to COVID restrictions, the annual foreign holiday in the sun has been put on hold for many Brits. But there is an upside. More and more of you have been exploring the UK, discovering ­– and rediscovering – the gems that make it such a rewarding destination.

Now that summer is over and the days are drawing in, we thought we’d see just how much you’ve learned from your travels around Britain and Northern Island.

We’ve gathered all our UK quizzes together, sorted them into categories, and set the challenge.

Are you up to Wanderlust’s Great British Quiz Roundup?

First, test your general knowledge

The white cliffs of Seven Sisters National Park (Shutterstock)

The white cliffs of Seven Sisters National Park (Shutterstock)

Like any strenuous activity – mental or physical – it’s always best to warm up. Let’s start with a gentle tick-list of the all UK travel experiences you’ve had.

Now, with that under your belt, you’re ready to test your general knowledge and check just how well you know the UK.

Expect questions on mystical henges, architectural and geological wonders, cosy inns and medieval fortresses. And a few about the islands too.

Take the quiz:

See how many UK travel experiences you've ticked off

How well do you really know the UK?

Now, onto the Home Nations

A bagpipe player in Edinburgh (Shutterstock)

A bagpipe player in Edinburgh (Shutterstock)

Let’s move on to the countries that make up the United Kingdom’s Home Nations.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of our quiz about Scotland? Be warned: There’s more to the country than tartan, whisky and haggis.

How much do you know about Wales? Maybe you walked the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail this summer or visited some of its extraordinary castles. But is that enough?

Some of you may have been lucky enough to go ‘overseas’ to Northern Ireland. I hope you took notes when you walked the walls of Derry and scrambled over the Giant’s Causeway.

And let’s not forget about England. Its varied counties are like different countries themselves. How well do you know them?

Take the quiz:

How well do you really know Scotland?

How well do you really know Wales?

How well do you know Northern Ireland?

How well do you know England’s counties?

Into the magical South West

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset (Shutterstock)

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset (Shutterstock)

If long sandy beaches, wild national parks and locally produced food are your thing, you probably joined the crowds on the A30 and headed to the South West. And who can blame you? When the sun is out there is nowhere better on earth. Although we do have to admit that a tiny Cornish village in the drizzle is pretty atmospheric too, especially when viewed from the inside of a pub.

Speaking of Cornwall, how well do you know Britain’s most south-westerly county? You probably know the Cornish name for Cornwall. But do you know where to learn to crimp a pasty?

Now, let’s pop over the River Tamar into Devon. If you want to ace our quiz about England’s most temperate county you’ll need to know about its UNESCO-listed sites – above and below the ground.

Not surprisingly, our quiz about Dorset focusses on the county’s stunning coastline. But don’t forget to turn your mind inland too. There’s a few very special places there too, including the location of a very famous British TV commercial.

Take the quiz:

How much do you know about Cornwall?

How well do you know Devon?

How well do you know Dorset?

Don’t forget the exhilarating towns and cities

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, London (Shutterstock)

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, London (Shutterstock)

The towns and cities of Britain make the perfect staycation short break destination. Bursting with culture, sport and entertainment, they are as exhilarating as an of their European counterparts. And with foodie revolution that has swept the country, you can enjoy fresh locally sourced dishes guaranteed to delight your palate.

But you already know that. And you probably think you know London’s landmarks pretty well. But do you? And how about the UK’s market towns? If you know the nickname of Macclesfield’s market, you’re a shoo-in.

Take the quiz:

How well do you know London’s landmarks?

How well do you know the UK’s market towns?

And what about the culture?

Traditional Morris Dancers in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shutterstock)

Traditional Morris Dancers in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shutterstock)

Let’s face it. Britain’s culture is arguably its greatest gift to the world. When it comes to music, theatre, fashion and art, the country is a world superpower.

It’s not surprising, then, that the UK has 33 UNESCO sites, from stately palaces to Industrial Age wonders. How well do you know them?

We can’t talk about British culture without mentioning the seaside. A nicely pulled 99 is a work of art and bucket-and-spades weekend offers a real insight into the British psyche. But how much do you know about the country’s seaside piers?

Finally, we need to address Britain’s idiosyncrasies. It’s not just Morris Dancers that international visitors can’t get their heads around. How well do you understand the UK’s ‘traditions’?

Take the quiz:

How well do you know the UK’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

How well do you know your seaside piers?

How much do you really know about UK traditions?

The wild open spaces

The view across Purlock Bay in Exmoor National Park (Dreamstime)

The view across Purlock Bay in Exmoor National Park (Dreamstime)

For a tiny island nation, the UK has a lot of wide and wild open spaces. Some are green and never-ending. Others are craggy and austere. But it’s not unusual to find you have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world all to yourself.

The UK boasts an incredible 15 national parks and hosts 7 of the world’s 18 dark sky reserves. They are havens for wildlife, criss-crossed with walking trails and scattered across the country. How well do you know them? We’ve got a quiz about the Lake District too if your knowledge is more specialised.

What do you know about the UK’s islands? There over 6,000 scattered around the coastline, so quite a bit, hopefully.

Take the quiz:

How well do you know the UK’s national parks?

How much do you know about the Lake District?

How well do you know the UK's islands?

And finally, the honorary Brits

The isthmus of Sark in the Channel Islands (Shutterstock)

The isthmus of Sark in the Channel Islands (Shutterstock)

While the following quizzes aren’t technically about the UK, we feel there is a close enough link to justify there inclusion and help us sort out the wheat from the chaff and crown the Great British Quiz Masters.

The Channel Islands aren’t technically part of the UK. Officially they are Crown Dependencies. But, hey, they still use red post boxes, so we’re keen to know how much you know about these channel charmers as well.

It’s the same too with the UK’s overseas territories. Sure, they’re a relic of Empire. But the Queen is still officially their head of state. Chances are, after doing this quiz, you’ll be adding them to your post-COVID bucket list.

Even more tenuously linked is our quiz about places around the world named after UK towns and cities. Here’s hoping you know your Liverpools, Somersets and Butes’.

Take the quiz:

How well do you know the Channel Islands?

How well do you know the UK’s overseas territories?

How well do you know the places around the world named after UK towns and cities?

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