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What are England’s top 20 most visited attractions?

August 20, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Visits to attractions in England increased by 5% in 2013 according to VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey released today.

Regionally, tourism in London is clearly booming as it tops the list with visits to attractions up by 8% in 2013, followed by the North East (up 6%) and the East Midlands  (up 5%), indicating the important role of England’s attractions in enticing people to explore England outside of London.

The Tower of London remains the most visited attraction in the paid for category with 2.9 million visits  – an increase of 18.4% on last year, followed by St Pauls Cathedral with 2.1 million visits and Westminster Abbey with 1.8 million visits.

As seen in previous years, many of the most-visited paid for attractions were part of England’s rich history and heritage, such as Stonehenge, Houses of Parliament & Big Ben, the Roman Baths and Tatton Park – however, wildlife parks and gardens also performed well.

The British Museum marked its sixth consecutive year as the most-visited free attraction in England with 6.7 million visitors, followed by the National Gallery, Natural History Museum and Tate Modern. Across the country, the most visited free attractions regionally include Durham Cathedral, the National Railway Museum in York, the Museum of Liverpool and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, all making the list of twenty most visited free attractions in their regions.

So what are they and how many have you visited to?


Rank Name of Attraction Region
1 British Museum London
2 National Gallery London
3 Natural History Museum London
4 Tate Modern London
5 Brighton Pier South East
6 Science Museum London
7 Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington London
8 National Portrait Gallery London
9 Old Royal Naval College London
10 British Library London
11 National Maritime Museum London
12 Tate Britain London
13 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery South West
14 National Railway Museum Yorkshire & Humberside
15 mac Birmingham West Midlands
16 Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery Yorkshire & Humberside
17 Museum of Liverpool North West
18 Ashmolean Museum South East
19 Durham Cathedral North East
20 Avenham and Miller Park North West
21 World Museum Liverpool North West 


Rank Name of Attraction Region
1 Tower of London London
2 St Paul’s Cathedral London
3 Westminster Abbey London
4 Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo Yorkshire & Humberside
5 Chester Zoo North West
6 Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness North West
7 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens London
8 ZSL London Zoo London
9 Stonehenge South West
10 Houses of Parliament and Big Ben London
11 Royal Academy of Arts London
12 Canterbury Cathedral South East
13 Roman Baths South West
14 RHS Garden Wisley South East
15 Eden Project South West
16 Tatton Park North West
17 Royal Observatory Greenwich London
18 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard South East
19 Cadbury World West Midlands
20 Chatsworth House East Midlands


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