The British Museum is officially Britain’s most popular tourist attraction according to data just published by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
The British Museum welcomed 5,932,897guests in 2008, a 9.5% increase on 2007. In fact, London visitor attractions fared really well in the ALVA survey – the top 12 places featured London tourist attractions.
Top London attractions were:
The National Gallery
Natural History Museum
Tower of London
Victoria and Albert Museum
National Maritime Museum
National Portrait Gallery
St Paul’s Cathedral
Outside London, the top English attractions were:
The Eden Project
Tate Liverpool, which saw a massive 67% increase on 2007 – 2007 saw Liverpool become European Capital of Culture
Top Scottish attractions:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
National Gallery Complex
Top Welsh attractions:
St Fagans National History Museum
National Waterfront Museum
ALVA has 42 members, which manage 1,598 of Britain’s biggest and most famous tourist attractions and handle more than 100 million visitors per year.