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Ever wondered what some of the UK’s most dangerous landmarks are? In this article, we’ll dive deep into all of the UK’s iconic landmarks, including safest and most dangerous as of 2024.

Britain is home to hundreds of landmarks, from iconic statues, historical buildings and mythological lakes. Each is situated in its own unique surroundings; some are close to busy roads, while others are deep in the countryside.

Due to the large number of visitors these locations receive year on year, it’s important to consider the safety of the roads surrounding our nation’s most famous landmarks.

We set out to investigate which landmarks are considered the most dangerous or safest for visitors, considering the number of road accidents between cars and vans that occurred in each area. 

We at National Scrap Car have analysed CrashMap data to discover which iconic locations in Britain are the most dangerous for drivers, from castles to statues to Premier League football stadiums.

UK’s most dangerous landmarks

Our study has revealed the British landmarks with the highest volume of road accidents in the past 5 years. Classed as a collision involving a vehicle on a road or in a public area that has caused damage to a person, vehicle, animal or property, road accidents are ranked as either ‘fatal’, ‘severe’ or ‘slight’ depending on the seriousness of the incident.

The Fourth Plinth, located on Trafalgar Square, has been revealed as the most dangerous location in the UK with the most road accidents in its vicinity. Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, Edinburgh Castle, the London Eye and Brighton Palace Pier rounded off the top five. 

1The Fourth PlinthLondonEngland5262103425
2Tyne BridgeNewcastle and GatesheadEngland419371346
3Edinburgh CastleEdinburghScotland357198258
4London EyeLondonEngland318056262
5Brighton Palace PierBrightonEngland291379213
6Radcliffe CameraOxfordEngland285148236
7St Paul’s CathedralLondonEngland282191193
8Natural History MuseumLondonEngland275053225
9York MinsterYorkEngland270127242
10Blackpool TowerBlackpoolEngland267274192
11Royal Albert DockLiverpoolEngland258253203
12Coventry CathedralCoventryEngland246146283
13Lincoln CathedralLincolnEngland238242195
14Tower of LondonLondonEngland226148177
15Tate ModernLondonEngland199047152
16Selfridges buildingBirminghamEngland197132165
17Tower BridgeLondonEngland196030166
18Palace of WestminsterLondonEngland192035158
19Angel of the NorthGatesheadEngland181036145
20Buckingham PalaceLondonEngland152029124
  1. The Fourth Plinth

As one of London’s most recognised locations, there were 526 road accidents recorded surrounding Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in the past 5 years. 

Of the 526, 19% were categorised as severe crashes, with over 80% being recorded as slight. 2 fatal incidents have occurred at the location since 2018, making it one of the most dangerous areas for drivers. 

  1. Tyne Bridge

The Tyne Bridge is a through arch bridge over the River Tyne in North East England, linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. In the past five years, 419 incidents occurred in the area, including 3 fatal accidents. A further 16% of incidents were recorded as severe, while 346 slight incidents occurred. 

  1. Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s largest tourist destination, Edinburgh, is home to the location with the third highest volume of accidents in the UK, Edinburgh Castle. 357 incidents were recorded, with 98 severe incidents reported and one fatal. 

  1. London Eye

An iconic staple of the London skyline, the London Eye attracts millions of visitors every year. 

In the period between 2018-2022 there were 318 reported vehicle crashes around the London Eye. Of these, 17% were classed as severe, over 250 as slight and no fatal incidents occurred. 

  1. Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton is one of Britain’s most famous seaside locations and is particularly popular among Londoners as they take the hour trip from the capital. With 291 recorded accidents, Brighton may have a decreased total number of incidents than Edinburgh, however 2% were classed as fatal, meaning drivers are taking bigger risks while driving here.

The Safest Landmarks in Britain 

Our study also revealed those areas with the least number of recorded accidents between 2018 and 2022.

Five locations had less than five recorded accidents in the past 5 years which included Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey, Durdle Door in Dorset, Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria and the Lindisfarne in Northumberland. 

Every Premier League Stadium Ranked by the Number of Accidents

Every week from August to May, thousands of football fans descend upon England’s football stadiums to support their team in the Premier League. With the high volume of attendees for the games and other stadium events, congestion and road incidents continue to be an issue. Despite this, from the data we analysed, no fatal incidents were recorded for Premier League Stadiums in the past five years.

Premier league stadium
#Football TeamStadiumLocationAccidentsFatalSevereSlight
1ChelseaStamford BridgeLondon495390402
2ArsenalEmirates StadiumLondon344151292
3Crystal PalaceSelhurst ParkLondon275041234
4BrentfordBrentford Community StadiumLondon233033200
5Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur StadiumLondon223124199
6Luton TownKenilworth RoadBedfordshire223134188
7Sheffield UnitedBramall LaneYorkshire204355146
8West Ham UnitedLondon StadiumLondon181026155
9Newcastle UnitedSt James ParkTyne and Wear167235130
10Aston VillaVilla ParkWest Midlands129015114
11Wolverhampton WanderersMolineuxStaffordshire125022103
13BurnleyTurf MoorLancashire9812869
14EvertonGoodison ParkMerseyside8812067
15FulhamCraven CottageLondon8601967
16BournemouthVitality StadiumDorset7501461
17Nottingham ForestCity GroundNottinghamshire7501065
18Manchester UnitedOld TraffordGreater Manchester6411449
19Manchester CityEtihad StadiumGreater Manchester292225
20Brighton & Hove AlbionAMEX StadiumSussex290623
  1. Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge, based in Fulham, is home to Chelsea FC. With a capacity of 40,343, it is the ninth largest venue of the 2023–24 Premier League season and the eleventh largest football stadium in England. 

Chelsea’s location makes it the Premier League stadium with the highest volume of accidents in the past five years. Drivers should take extra care, with 18% of total accidents recorded as severe and 3 fatal incidents occurring in the area. 

  1. Arsenal – Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are one of the most famous clubs in English football. Based in Holloway, London, it has been the home stadium of Arsenal Football Club since its completion in 2006. It has a current seated capacity of 60,704, making it the fifth-largest football stadium in England by capacity.

The stadium surroundings have 151 less recorded accidents than that of fellow London club Chelsea. Over five years, 344 incidents were recorded, with 14% being ‘severe’, 1 fatal incident and the rest being minor accidents.

  1. Crystal Palace – Selhurst Park

This season sees Crystal Palace celebrate their tenth consecutive campaign in England’s top flight. The Eagles have played at Selhurst Park since 1924 and there are no plans on the horizon for them to move out.

In a five-year period, there were 275 recorded accidents around Selhurst Park, the third highest in the Premier League. The vast majority (85%) of these were minor incidents, with only 41 incidentes being classed as severe. 

UK Stadiums with the least accidents

On the opposite end of the table, Brighton’s AMEX Stadium is arguably the safest stadium for road users. The stadium has seen 29 recorded accidents over a five-year period with 6 incidents categorised as ‘severe’, with the remaining being ‘slight’.

Manchester’s Old Trafford and Etihad stadium closely followed, each recording less than 100 incidents in the past 5 years. Similarly Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium had only 75 incidents reported. 

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To record road incident data, we analysed Crashmaps where we recorded the total number of accidents within a mile radius of each landmark between the years 2018-2022. The incidents were recorded as ‘fatal’, ‘severe’ or ‘slight’.

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