How well do you know England?

Here’s a fun quiz to test your knowledge of England!

Answer the question below each picture below, and see how you do.

When you click ‘Finish’ at the end your answers will be highlighted: correct ones in green and incorrect ones in red. Interesting snippets of information will be revealed, but only with incorrect answers!

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#1. In which town is this pavillion?

It’s the Royal Pavillion in Brighton. Construction started in 1787, and it became a favourite retreat for King George IV. Today it’s a Grade 1 listed building and it’s visited by around 400,000 people a year.

#2. In which town is this the City Council House?

It’s actually in Birmingham.

It’s the City Council House, which stands on Chamberlain Square (from this view) and Victoria Square. Victoria Square is to the left in this picture and is home to the Town Hall.

#3. Which palace is this a part of?

It’s Blenheim Palace. It was used as a location in the James Bond film Spectre.

In the film, this particular view had cars parked in front of the building and James Bond escaped by jumping from between the pillars, getting into his car and driving away through an archway to the left, out of this picture.

#4. Which famous university boasts this chapel?

It’s King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University.

Founded in 1209, Cambridge is the second oldest university in the English speaking world (Oxford is the oldest) and 4th oldest overall, behind the University of Bologna, Oxford University and the University of Salamanca.

#5. In which town is this castle located?

It’s in Norwich.

Norwich Castle was founded by William the Conqueror sometime between 1066 and 1075, and was one of two castles he had in Norfolk, the other one being at Wisbech. The Norwich Museum moved to the castle in 1894, and is still located there today.

#6. On which plain is this famous monument located?

The monument is Stonehenge, which is located on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, South West England.

Salisbury Plain covers around 300 square miles and is famous for its archeology dating back to the Stone Age. Today, almost half of the plain is owned by the Ministry of Defence and it is used extensively for military training exercises.

#7. Which famous poet grew up in this house?

It was William Shakespeare.

This is the house in Stratford Upon Avon in which Shakespeare grew up. Located on Henley Street, it is now a small museum dedicated to the portrayal of family life in the second half of the 16th Century.

#8. Where is this flood protection system located?

It’s on the River Thames, East London.

Known as the Thames Barrier, it became operational in 1982 and serves to protect London from storm surges from the North Sea. It is raised during high tides and storm surges, and lowered at low tide to restore the river’s normal flow to the sea.

#9. Which famous column is this?

It’s Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square, London.

Built between 1840 and 1843, it was constructed in memory of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who defeated the combined fleets of the French and Spanish navies at the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805, but was killed in the process.

#10. This is a Wherry - on which waterway is it generally used?

It works on the Norfolk Broads.

The sail is designed specifically to take account of the vegetation around the Broads, and is often the only part of the vessel that is visible from a distance

#11. Which castle is this?

It’s actually Windsor Castle, located at Windsor in the county of Berkshire.

The original castle was built in the 11th Century, after the invasion of William the Conqueror, and then rebuilt by Charles II starting in 1660. It was rebuilt for a second time in the late 18th Century by George III and George IV.

It is traditionally inhabited by the reigning monarch and, today, it is the preferred weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II.

#12. When was the Clock Tower that contains Big Ben completed?

It was actually completed in 1859.

It was incorporated as part of the design for a new palace at Westminster after the old one was destroyed by fire on October 16th, 1834.

The Clock Tower was renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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