The UK’s most popular tourist destinations in 2019
The Easter holidays are on the way, and if you’re planning a day out the whole family can enjoy, we’re about to share the latest list of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva) recently released the visitor numbers for all UK attractions, also adding that extreme weather contributed to a fall in numbers at many outdoor attractions last year.
So which attraction made the top spot? Let’s find out.
The Tate Modern
Last year, the British Museum was dubbed the UK’s most popular tourist destination, however this year it’s missed the mark on first place. The Tate Modern has taken the lead in 2019, to become the hottest spot for tourists.
The London art gallery, which opened in 2000, welcomed 5.9million visitors last year – up 3.7 per cent on the previous year.
The British Museum, which had been the most-visited for nine consecutive years, had 5.8million guests in 2018. Although missing out on the top spot this year, it still came in second place.
The third most-visited attraction in the UK is the National Gallery, which homes over 2,300 works of art including Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
The Natural History Museum takes fourth place and the Southbank Centre is in fifth.
Also making the top 10 is the V&A London, the Science Museum, Somerset House, Tower of London and the Royal Museums in Greenwich.
Outside of London
Whilst it may seem like everyone’s heading to London, there are plenty of popular attractions in other parts of the country.
The UK’s most popular attractions outside London were in Scotland, with the National Museum of Scotland taking 11th place with 2.2million visits, followed by Edinburgh Castle with 2.1million.
Set in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city Edinburgh Castle is sure to capture your imagination. Dominating the skyline of the city, the scenery will take your breath away.
Chester Zoo is also a family favourite, with two million visits last year and over 21000 animals on site.
Gardens and outdoor venues
Remember the Beast from the East? Well, the ferocious storm had a major impact on outdoor venues. Several gardens, zoos and stately homes with parkland saw a drop in demand as the UK was hit by both freezing and sweltering temperatures in 2018.
The country’s second most popular garden, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, saw its visitor numbers drop by more than 70,000 thanks to the bad British weather.
This wasn’t the only one affected, as the Eden Project, Cornwall; ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire; Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire all took a hit.
Hopefully, you’ll get to visit some outdoor attractions this Easter as Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told Express.co.uk last week, the temperatures for this spring are looking more likely to be above average than below.
He said: “Our long range forecast from March to May is showing a slightly higher likelihood of temperatures being above rather than below average.”
The forecast for the next couple of months suggests it could get very warm this summer if the heat continues.
Seeing balmy dry conditions across the nation in the last week has also made punters put a flurry of bets on this summer being the hottest on record.