Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) announced the most popular visitor attractions in 2013.
ALVA said that London’s visitor attractions have experienced a 12% increase in visitor numbers. With the top ten attractions being based in London, and the city on course to welcome more than 16 million overseas visitors in one year, 2013 has been a record-breaker for the capital.
The most popular visitor attraction in 2013 remained The British Museum which saw a 20% increase in its visitor numbers to 6,701,036 – making it the museum’s most successful year on record. In 2nd place, was the National Gallery, which saw a 14% increase to 6,031,574 and in 3rd place, was the Natural History Museum, with 5,356,884.
Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA - The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, noted that: “London’s attractions had a fantastic year last year: new must-see exhibitions, great weather, superb new facilities like Tiger Territory at London Zoo, all contributed to record tourism figures – tipped to be nearly 16 million visitors in one year - for London. Overseas visitors especially love their time at London’s attractions and tell us that our museums, galleries and heritage are the number one reason to visit our city.”
The top ten attractions, amassing more than 34 million visits, are:
1. British Museum – 6,701,036
2. National Gallery – 6,031,574
3. Natural History Museum – 5,356,884
4. Tate Modern – 4,884,939
5. Science Museum – 3,316,00
6. V & A – 3,290,500
7. Tower of London – 2,894,698
8. Somerset House Trust – 2,398,066
9. St Paul’s Cathedral – 2,138,130
10. Westminster Abbey – 2,020,637