2009 was a good year for British visitor attractions according to figures just released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
The association, whose 42 members manage 1,548 of the leading and best know British visitor attractions, such as museums, galleries, heritage sites, cathedrals, gardens, zoos and leisure parks, reported an overall increase in visitors of 10.9% when compared with the previous year. Increased visitor numbers have been partially attributed to the increased number of overseas visitors and the number of people taking a ‘staycation’. Visitor numbers to free-entry attractions showed a significant increase.
Top British visitor attractions in terms of visitor numbers:
The National Gallery
Natural History Museum
Science Museum (South Kensington)
Visitor attractions reporting the highest percentage increase in visitor numbers:
The Home of Charles Darwin, Kent + 198%
Calke Abbey + 92.8%
Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire + 58%
Blenheim Palace + 43.6%
Bodnant Garden + 33.4%