UK’s Top 50 Visitor Attractions Revealed – The Top 10 Have One Thing in Common

Posted by on July 8, 2016

The Association of Leading Visitors Attractions (Alva) revealed the top 50 tourist attractions in Britain for 2015 earlier this year, including the top 10 destination that can only be found in London.

Leading the rank is the British Museum, which received 6.8 million visitors to its Great Russell Street site, helping it maintain its top position.


Following is the National Gallery with 5.9 million guests and the Natural History with 5.3 million guests, respectively landing the second and the third spot.

The rest of Alva’ top 10 are composed of the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Somerset House, Tower of London, and National Portrait Gallery. And if you have not noticed, they are all in London and are historically and culturally important.

Outside the English capital, the top attraction is the Library of Birmingham which boasts of 11.8 million visits, landing it in the 11th place.

Some Scottish attractions also made it to the list with Edinburgh taking the overall top spot in Scotland with 1.6 million visitors. Alva noted that Scottish attractions saw a significant 5.5% increase in visitors compared to London’s 1.6%.

The swell of visitors is credit to the number of exhibits shown in the capital, particularly Alexander McQueen‘s Savage Beauty fashion-forward exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum last year.  The theatrical, romantic and sometimes eerie exhibition has attracted around 493,000 visitors during its 4-months-and-two-weeks run with its dramatic intensity and avant-garde design, contributing about 14% of the museum’s total number of visitors.


Also boosted the numbers was the launching of AHOY! children’s gallery at the National Maritime, and the exhibit entitled Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery. Both installations were well received, attracting more people to visit the capital.

Alva director Bernard Donoghue said that 2015 was a record year for the UK as people started to see and appreciate the country’s diversity.


Photos by: Wikemediabarnyz and Moyan Brenn


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