Brown Road Signs

What do brown road signs mean?
Brown road signs are used for tourist information. The white lettering on a brown background is internationally recognised as information for tourists and can often incorporate a symbol related to the destination that is signed.

Brown road signs are split into two categories; Tourist facilities such as:

  • Hotels
  • Guest­houses
  • Holiday parks
  • Touring and camping parks
  • Picnic sites

Brown signs highlighting tourist facilities can be located on single and dual carriageway ‘A’ roads. Tourist Attractions being the second category may also be located on motorways and can include:

  • Visitor centres
  • Theme parks
  • Historic buildings and ruins
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Country tours and tourist routes

Types of brown road signs

Brown road signs range from the basic sign providing text information only, to signs with symbols and other such as white direction signs may have brown tourist information incorporated into it.

Brown tourist information road sign
Tourists information sign with symbol sign
White direction sign incorporating brown tourists information sign
White direction sign incorporating brown tourists information zoo sign


Brown road sign symbols

Some brown road signs may have a symbol only, without any accompanying text such as the brown road sign with a train informing motorists of the direction of a steam railway attraction. Detailed below are symbols of attractions and leisure and sports facilities used on brown road signs.

Brown road sign depicting a train, signifying a steam railway attraction
Safari park tourist attraction symbol
Tourists information symbol
Tourists information castle symbol
Tourists information historic house symbol
National Trust brown sign symbol
English Heritage symbol
Country park symbol
Theme park attraction symbol
Bird garden brown sign symbol
Nature reserve symbol
Farm park tourist information symbol
Beach symbol on a brown road sign
English museum symbol
Roman remains tourist information symbol
Aviation museum information symbol
Football ground symbol
Cricket ground symbol
Sports centre road sign symbol (England)
Motor sport symbol
Golf course road sign symbol
Race course symbol
Fishing symbol
Ten-pin bowling symbol

Road signs test quiz

Once you have looked at the brown tourist attraction and facilities signs and the various other UK roar signs found on the Driving Test Tips website, take a look at the road sign test quiz which can be accessed from the links below.

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