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And the Most Visited UK Tourist Attraction Is...

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 19 June 2017

The British Museum in London has just been named the UK’s most visited attraction for the 10th-year running.

According to figures released today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, the country’s top 10 most-visited attractions hail from the UK capital.

This year’s numbers show an increase of 7.2% in visitors to UK attractions. Overall 130,248,728 visits were made to the top 241 ALVA sites in the UK and a very precise 66,938,947 people – more than the total population of the UK – visited attractions in London.

The British Museum, which is home to treasures like the Parthenon Marbles and Rosetta Stone managed to clock in a staggering 6,420,395 visitors the last year.

© Giannis Papanikos / Shutterstock

Parthenon Marbles | © Giannis Papanikos / Shutterstock

Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery saw a 6% increase in visitors with 6,262,839 people flocking through it’s doors. The third spot on the list was nabbed by Tate Modern, which, due to some pretty amazing exhibitions and a brand new extension that opened last year, amassed 5,839,197 visitors. The Natural History Museum moved to fourth place, and Southbank Centre to fifth.

The most visited attraction outside London was Chester Zoo having drawn in 1,898,059 sightseers. The National Museum of Scotland, which opened 10 new galleries in 2016 was Scotland’s most visited cultural institution, followed by Edinburgh Castle in second place.

National Museum of Scotland | © Anton Ivanov / Shutterstock

National Museum of Scotland | © Anton Ivanov / Shutterstock

Scotland was the big winner and outperformed the rest of the UK with a 15.6% increase in visitors to its attractions. Bernard Donoghue, Director of ALVA said: ‘Like the 2015 figures, Scotland has continued to outperform the rest of the UK with a substantial increase in their visitor numbers. 2016 was a great year for Scottish Tourism – proving that Scotland is reaping the benefits of significant capital investment in attractions and creative programming by its institutions.’

Titanic Museum Belfast | © Atmosphere1 / Shutterstock

Titanic Museum Belfast | © Atmosphere1 / Shutterstock

And if you’re wondering how Northern Ireland fared, the nation’s most visited place was Belfast’s Titanic Museum, which welcomed 676,690 earthlings though its doors.  Here’s the top 10 in full:

1. British Museum

© Giovanni G / Shutterstock

© Giovanni G / Shutterstock

 

2. National Gallery London

© FenlioQ / Shutterstock

© FenlioQ / Shutterstock

 

3. Tate Modern

© Godrick / Shutterstock

© Godrick / Shutterstock

 

4. Natural History Museum

© Pawel Pajor / Shutterstock

© Pawel Pajor / Shutterstock

 

5. Southbank Centre

© Ron Ellis / Shutterstock

© Ron Ellis / Shutterstock

 

6. Somerset House

© Botond Horvath

© Botond Horvath / Shutterstock

 

7. Science Museum

© Chrisdorney / Shutterstock

© Chrisdorney / Shutterstock

 

8. Victoria & Albert Museum…

© Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock

© Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock

 

9. Tower of London…

© Justin Black / Shutterstock

© Justin Black / Shutterstock

 

10. Royal Museums Greenwich…

© Kiev Victor / Shutterstock

© Kiev Victor / Shutterstock

 

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