The Tate Modern Museum was the most visited free tourist attraction in England last year, according to a recently published summary by VisitEngland. Most of the paid attractions were still in London’s Tower.
The museum in the British capital received 5.87 million visitors and the Tower 2.6 million visitors. Tate Modern has stripped the British Museum of its first location after ten years, with 5.83 million visits last year.
Overall, the number of sights in England increased by two per cent. The largest increase was seen in museums and galleries, six percent.
Tate Modern and the British Museum were followed by London’s National Gallery with 5.73 million visitors. The fourth is the Natural History Museum of the British capital, the fifth is the Brighton Pier. Sixth is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the seventh is the Science Museum in its vicinity. The eighth is London’s Somerset House, the ninth is the National Potrait Gallery, and the 10th is the British Library, which is free to visit.
The Tower is still the most sought after entry point attraction. Runner-up was the Upton by Chester Zoo with 1.97 million visitors, and third was the Kew Gardens Botanical Garden in London with 1.86 million guests. The fourth was St. Paul’s Cathedral in the British capital, and the fifth was a cruise on Lake Windermere. Sixth is the Royal Academy of Arts, the seventh is Stonehenge, the eighth is Westminster Abbey, the ninth is the Bath of Rome. The 10th is London Zoo.
VisitEngland has published a summary of more than 1,500 tourist attractions. The official British tourism agency also said that during the first four months of the year, the British spent a record 11.8 million overnight stays in England. This is a three percent increase from the previous record in 2017.
Tourism brings £ 106 billion (£ 37,200 billion) a year to England.