Things are looking up for tourist attractions in the UK according to the latest figures announced today by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.(ALVA). The figures for the UK capital in particular are positive as London sees increases in tourism by 1.6% over 2014, which in real numbers is over 65 million which is in itself an extraordinary number.
The top ten most visited attractions in the UK were all based in London with the most popular attraction being The British Museum for the ninth consecutive year attracting nearly 7 million visitors. In second place was the National Gallery with just under 6 million visitors and running a close third was the Natural History Museum with 5.2 million.
Outside of London, a 12% increase was seen at the Tate Liverpool who had an exhibition devoted to Jackson Pollock and the World Museum (Liverpool) increased its figures by 8%.
Commenting on these latest figures is Bernard Donoghue, Director of ALVA who said “2015 continued to be a record year mainly due to our members continuing to show how diverse the UK is to both domestic and overseas visitors. However, anecdotally, our members told us that the poor weather had had an affect, and our members in the South East did see a decrease during Operation Stack in Kent as well as following the Paris attacks.”
He continued; “The current weakness of the £ to the $ and Euro is making the UK a more affordable destination and 2016 is on target to be another memorable year for ALVA members.”
The full report on visitor attractions in the UK and to read just how London sees increases in tourism can be found at the ALVA.