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.
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.
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.’
1. British Museum
2. National Gallery London
3. Tate Modern
4. Natural History Museum
5. Southbank Centre
6. Somerset House
7. Science Museum
8. Victoria & Albert Museum…
9. Tower of London…
10. Royal Museums Greenwich…
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