The UK’s 100 Most Popular Tourist Attractions | CEOWORLD magazine

The British Museum in London was the most visited tourist attraction in the U.K., with over 5.9 million visitors, followed by Tate Modern, with approximately 5.6 million visitors.

The National Gallery, the Natural History Museum (South Kensington), the V&A, Science Museum, Southbank Centre, Somerset House, Tower of London and Royal Museums Greenwich complete the top 10.

The National Museum of Scotland was 11th overall with 2.2 million visitors, up 20% on 2016, with Edinburgh Castle in 12th with a 16% increase to 2.1 million.

To identify Britain’s 100 Most Popular Tourist Attractions, CEOWORLD magazine reviewed data from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), one of the UK’s leading tourism organisations. The following list showcases the most visited attraction in the U.K. in 2017.

The 100 Most Popular Tourist Attractions In The United Kingdom:

Rank Tourist Attraction Number Of Visitors
1 British Museum 5906716
2 Tate Modern 5656004
3 National Gallery 5229192
4 NHM (South Kensington) 4434520
5 V&A South Kensington 3789748
6 Science Museum 3251000
7 Southbank Centre 3232655
8 Somerset House 3223350
9 Tower of London 2843031
10 Royal Museums Greenwich 2607099
11 National Museum of Scotland 2165601
12 Edinburgh Castle 2063709
13 Chester Zoo 1866628
14 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 1802958
15 Tate Britain 1777877
16 National Portrait Gallery 1703411
17 Scottish National Gallery 1600761
18 Stonehenge 1582532
19 St Paul’s Cathedral 1571197
20 Westminster Abbey 1547001
21 Royal Albert Hall 1495387
22 British Library 1426433
23 Riverside Museum 1355359
24 Roman Baths and Pump Room 1318976
25 Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum 1304072
26 Old Royal Naval College 1221720
27 RHS Garden Wisley 1143175
28 ZSL London Zoo 1102790
29 National Museum Royal Navy 1081909
30 Royal Academy of Arts 1049962
31 Eden Project 1024156
32 Giants Causeway 1011467
33 Houses of Parliament 1007568
34 Hampton Court Palace 999313
35 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre 999041
36 IWM London 992690
37 Horniman Museums and Gardens 942971
38 Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology 937568
39 Shakespeare’s Globe 924220
40 Merseyside Maritime Museum 922503
41 Blenheim Palace 917741
42 Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh 904956
43 Canterbury Cathedral 875447
44 Tower Bridge Exhibition 806950
45 Bodleian Library 771283
46 Titanic Belfast 771038
47 Oxford University Museum of Natural History 768487
48 National War Museum, Edinburgh 764079
49 Museum of Liverpool 737120
50 National Railway Museum 718000
51 York Minster 691716
52 Museum of London 678379
53 World Museum Liverpool 672120
54 Gallery of Modern Art 670485
55 Museum of Science and Industry 664000
56 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 658200
57 Kensington Palace 645370
58 Edinburgh Zoo 642677
59 Chatsworth 636655
60 Tate Liverpool 628024
61 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 602634
62 Leeds Castle 572195
63 Stirling Castle 567259
64 Westonbirt, The National Arboretum 538605
65 Churchill War Rooms 534723
66 Ulster Museum 533153
67 Bristol Zoo Gardens 523166
68 RHS Garden Harlow Carr 498933
69 National Science and Media Museum 493000
70 Urquhart Castle 488136
71 Cliveden 487679
72 Pitt Rivers Museum 480663
73 Waddesdon Manor 467308
74 Attingham Park 464871
75 Belton House 444823
76 Fountains Abbey Estate 420016
77 Shakespeare’s Birthplace 418947
78 V&A Museum of Childhood 406101
79 International Slavery Museum 398221
80 The Fitzwilliam Museum 397169
81 Glenfinnan 396448
82 IWM Duxford 391532
83 Anglesey Abbey 390181
84 Glasgow Cathedral 389101
85 Calke Abbey 388742
86 London Transport Museum 382405
87 Stourhead 381264
88 Dover Castle 379740
89 Mary Rose 364295
90 Mottisfont 363895
91 Scottish National Portrait Gallery 358199
92 People’s Palace Museum 356064
93 Polesden Lacey 354386
94 RAF Museum Cosford 354314
95 St Michael’s Mount 350852
96 Wakehurst 346081
97 RAF Museum London 345151
98 Nymans Garden 340125
99 Museum of London (Docklands) 334448
100 Beaulieu 330960

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women.

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