Visit England has published the results of its annual survey into England’s most popular attractions in 2019.
The Annual Attractions survey, published on 20 October, has revealed that garden attractions saw the highest percentage growth in visitor numbers, increasing by 10 per cent compared to 2018, and farms and places of worship saw growth in visits, up by eight and seven per cent respectively.
In the free attractions category, the British Museum topped the list with 6.2 million visitors, closely followed by the Tate Modern with 6.1 million, and the national gallery with 6 million visitors.
The Tower of London was the most visited paid-for attraction with nearly three million visitors, followed by the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew, which saw a 25 per cent increase to 2.3 million, and Chester Zoo with 2.1 million visitors.
Visit England compiled information from 1,308 English attractions, which also showed increases in international visitors in 2019, up by 2 per cent, and an increase in more local day trips to attractions than in 2018, also up by 2 per cent.
Overall England’s visitor attractions saw a rise of three per cent in visitors in 2019, the highest year-on-year increase since 2014, and four per cent growth in revenue compared to the previous year.
However, these trends are expected to have gone into reverse this year, as the UK fights the coronavirus pandemic.
VisitEngland chief executive, Sally Balcombe, said: “From world-renowned museums, galleries, castles and historic houses to rural, wildlife and outdoor experiences, England’s outstanding range of visitor attractions are a crucial and valuable part of our tourism offer, boosting local economies right across the country.
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