Lonely Planet Writer

The most popular visitor attractions in the UK have been revealed, and there's no change at the top

 For the 10th year in a row, the British Museum has been confirmed as the most popular UK attraction. The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has issued its members’ attendance figures for 2016, and they show that 6,420,395 people visited the museum last year.

The British Museum.
The British Museum. Image by Ian Muttoo / CC BY-SA 2.0

There were 129,948,728 visits made to the top 241 ALVA sites in the UK, which represents an average increase of 7.2% on 2015 visitor numbers. Scottish attractions had the greatest increase of 15.6% growth.

Westminster Abbey came in at number14 in the top UK visitor attractions. Image: ALVA
Westminster Abbey came in at number 14 in the top UK visitor attractions. Image: ALVA

The Top 10 most visited attractions are all based in London. The National Gallery came in second place with 6,262,839 visitors, and the Tate Modern was third with 5,839,197 visitors. The most popular attraction outside London was Chester Zoo, which came in 12th place.

Chester Zoo came in at number12 in the top UK visitor attractions. Image: ALVA
Chester Zoo came in at number12 in the top UK visitor attractions. Image: ALVA

The top 20 attractions are 1. British Museum, 2. National Gallery, 3. Tate Modern, 4. Natural History Museum. 5. Southbank Centre, 6. Somerset House, 7. Science Museum, 8. Victoria and Albert Museum. 9. Tower of London, 10. Royal Museums Greenwich, 11. National Portrait Gallery, 12. Chester Zoo, 13. Kew Gardens, 14. Westminster Abbey, 15. National Museum of Scotland, 16. Edinburgh Castle, 17. Royal Albert Hall, 18. Scottish National Gallery, 19. St Paul’s Cathedral and 20. British Library.

The National Railway Museum came in at number 48 in the top UK visitor attractions. Image: ALVA
The National Railway Museum came in at number 48 in the top UK visitor attractions. Image: ALVA

The full list can be found here.

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