When tourists look for a hole-in-the-wall attraction they don't mean a literal hole in the wall. Reviews of a hole in a wall near a bank have been suspended by Tripadvisor after it was ranked the best thing to do in Ilkeston, UK.
The so-called "NatWest hole", has been receiving reviews on the site since December 2018. But it has exploded in popularity over the last few days thanks to a slew of write-ups.
The NatWest hole has become the number one attraction in Ilkeston on Tripadvisor (Tripadvisor)
But administrators have put a stop to the fun, placing a temporary bar on reviews of the hole.
It is literally just a hole.
"Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing," a message on the hole's Tripadvisor page reads.
"If you've had a firsthand experience at this property, please check back soon – we're looking forward to receiving your review!"
The hole in the wall sits next to a cash machine and was reportedly installed as a safety feature to ensure customers could be aware of their surroundings as they withdraw money.
The NatWest hole matches the 'majestic wonder of Stonehenge or even the Pyramids' according to one reviewer (Richard Barlow/Facebook)
Reviews have flooded in for the hole, with one user describing it as "an absolute paradigm of British architecture" and another comparing it with the "majestic wonder of Stonehenge or even the Pyramids."
And obviously Twitter jokes.
Such a great album from the 90's #natwesthole #ilkeston https://t.co/cpi9DQUobz— Tom Freeman (@Tom Freeman) 1582557885.0
The #NatwestHole looks great, but check out the Brutal brilliance of Glasgow’s #ToryglenHole https://t.co/TKNE4jlEiY— Laz McCluskey (@Laz McCluskey) 1582553368.0
Cross Street Hole better up its game! #CSH #NatWestHole https://t.co/i0C5zRflIe— 🆆𝕀🄶𝐇𝕋🅷Ⓞ𝗧 😾🕷️ (@🆆𝕀🄶𝐇𝕋🅷Ⓞ𝗧 😾🕷️) 1582387314.0
@BBCNews hulk’s gloryhole— Danny Sampson 🇬🇧🏴🇷🇴 (@Danny Sampson 🇬🇧🏴🇷🇴) 1582373833.0
@BBCNews Indeed, this is an example that some of the UK's greatest attractions can be seen and experienced free of… https://t.co/jIZB1BJXJz— adam lingard (@adam lingard) 1582374038.0
"I've seen the Great Wall of China, I've seen the Eiffel Tower, I've been to the Grand Canyon, but the NatWest hole has to be the most awe inspiring structure I have ever seen!" one reviewer wrote.
With 62 reviews, 55 of which awarded the site a maximum five stars, the hole is now ranked the best thing to do in Ilkeston, ahead of attractions including the Erewash Museum and Bennerley Viaduct.
So, next time you're in town check out the hole in the wall, I guess.
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