Daytrippers race to book tour of M25 (and it's not even April Fool's Day)

Daytrippers clamour to book coach tour of M25 (and it's not even April Fool's day)PA

A tour of the the M25 is something most of us avoid at all costs. But one coach company has started offering sightseeing tours of London's notorious ring road for £15 a go – and it's already a sell out.

Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company, which offers the 117-mile trip, has confirmed that it is fully booked for its first excursion in March. And due to popular demand, it has
added on new dates in April and May.

Daytrippers will be treated to a running commentary of fascinating facts as they are transported along the ring road, taking in 'highlights' including Heathrow Airport's Terminal Five, the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex, Epping Forest and the Dartford River Crossing Bridge.

The company estimates that the round trip will take four hours, although anyone with experience of the M25 will know that this is optimistic. The orbital is so notorious among drivers for its congestion and constant roadworks that is has been dubbed 'Britain's biggest carpark'.

Daytrippers clamour to book coach tour of M25 (and it's not even April Fool's day)PA

Speaking in the Daily Star, coach firm spokesman Simon Ashcroft said: " I think the M25 is worth looking at in more depth, especially now there are new services being built at Cobham in Surrey."

AOL Travel is on a mission to find the UK's worst day trips - so give us your suggestions below. Our top five so far:

  1. The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick.
  2. Bournemouth Sewage Works Tour, Dorset.
  3. Teapot Island, Kent.
  4. Woodhenge, Wiltshire
  5. The British Lawnmower Museum, Southport.


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Daytrippers race to book tour of M25 (and it's not even April Fool's Day)

There’s no denying the jaunty playfulness of this shopping centre, one of the South West’s biggest. However, The Times newspaper derided Drake Circus as a ‘monocultural lump’, and Channel 4 promptly nominated it for nukedom in its Demolition series. At least the shopping centre wiped the floor at the National Loo Awards, winning the prestigious Attendant of the Year award.

Despite the £789 million it cost to build, and its starring role in a Bond film, in 2002 Forbes placed the Millennium Dome top of a list of the world’s most hideous buildings. Now snappily titled the O2 and restyled as an entertainment venue, it is still rightly celebrated among the world’s naffest. 

Commissioned for the 2012 Olympic Park, designed by Anish Kapoor, caused controversy. Some called it an eyesore, others a thing of beauty. Th mother of all helter-skelters, Britain's largest public sculpture was branded a "jumbled mess" and a "drunken party animal of a building" by The Guardian.

This sore-eye institution dominates Bristol’s inner city, an area also known as The People’s Republic of Stoke’s Croft on account of its alternative spirit. Renowned for its graffiti and street art, this building has been derelict for more than thirty years, during which six people have died in it.  

This may be known as The Theatre of Dreams, but we reckon this stadium is an architectural nightmare. Seen from a distance, it looks like a giant warehouse, anonymous and surrounded by imposing steel structures that are most unpleasing to the eye.

Brum. A city with a proud tradition in architectural anomalies. This 90-metre tower, completed in 2006, is the latest off the West Midlands conveyer belt. On top of its 28 storeys is Birmingham’s first penthouse suite, which set its owner back £1.65m. 

The MI6 building which features in Skyfall. Designed by Terry Farrell, the building opened in 1994 and has been slammed for its ugliness...

Inspired by the ideas of a French architectural legend called Le Corbusier, Park Hill was conceived as ‘streets in the sky’ but went on to be described by a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as ‘one of Britain’s most vile buildings’ and voted Europe’s ugliest in a poll. The jury is still out on this 50s vision of utopia, but it’s a Grade II-listed building, so somebody must like it. 

OK, so the views from this huge four-star hotel are simply stunning from the inside - many rooms overlook Hyde Park and the city of London - but from the outside we think it's an eyesore and a half. Built in the 1960s, even various overhauls haven't managed to hide the fact that it's plain ugly-pugly.

"A tour de force in arts and crafts and quality without parallel in the last 100 years of British architecture" is how one critic describes this award-winning structure in Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage city centre. Its roofline is intended to evoke the crags of the Scottish landscape, but, hey, let’s be honest, it looks like weird cows grazing in a field – at a cost of over £400m (original budget, £40m).

Cathedrals normally conjure up heavenly thoughts, but the opposite is true of this Merseyside building, designed by architect Frederick Gibberd in the 1960s. It was voted seventh in CNN's Top Ten Ugliest Buildings in the World in 2012. The unfriendly spikes and space-age fortress look do nothing for its appeal for congregants.

Finished in 1973, the Tower Hotel is widely despised, thanks to its hideous burnt-toast façade and an unfortunate proximity to some of London’s more charming efforts, such as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

Producing ferocious attacks of biliousness in architects all over the land, St George Wharf is a recent addition to London’s pantheon of eyesores. The design brief for the Wharf was to "create a thriving Thames riverside community worthy of its place amongst some of Europe's most spectacular landmarks". Hmm.

Wales's National Assembly building, designed by Richard Rogers  was opened in March 2006 at a total cost of £70million. Designed to be sustainable, the building was norminated for the Stirling prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects. But some claim it deserves nothing but a booby prize....

This little gem was singled out in a recent annual Carbuncle Cup contest run by Building Design magazine to find the ugliest building in the UK. Judges called it a "horribly misconceived idea of the avant-garde."

Another building singled out for the Carbuncle Cup 2012.

Also known as the Brown and Root Tower, this 19-storey blot on the Sarf London landscape is covered in netting to prevent falling debris taking out passers-by. Over 80 per cent of locals cite it as the worst thing about living in the area. In November 2011, the Satirical website S*** London, which documents "urban decay at its finest", crowned this the ugliest building in the capital. The website describes the vacant 17-storey building as: "A grim black edifice that looms over this corner of London like a brutalist twist on Tolkien... Rumours that this actually sucks in light and feeds off the joy and vigour of local residents are unsubstantiated."

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