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Tourism

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 tourist attractions in (a) Essex, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) the Metropolitan Police area of London and City of London Police area attracted the largest number of visitors in each of the last two years for which figures are available. (75653)

My Department does not maintain central records of visitors to tourist attractions. However, VisitBritain carries out periodical surveys of regional attractions as part of its work to support and promote tourism across Britain. Estimated visitor numbers for the 10 most popular attractions in these areas for 2003 and 2004 were as follows:

(a) Essex

2003

2004

Weald Country Park

500,000

500,000

Colchester Zoo

541,628

469,928

Hadleigh Castle Country Park

200,000

200,000

Marsh Farm Country Park

146,992

147,346

High Woods Country Park

130,000

140,000

Audley End House

116,839

108,002

Dedham Art and Craft Centre

75,000

80,000

Chelmsford Museum

38,969

44,721

Audley End Miniature Railway

42,509

42,175

Great Motley Country Park and Discovery Centre

45,000

42,000

(b) Hertfordshire

2003

2004

Stanborough Park

500,000

500,000

Knebworth House

195,425

543,822

Willows Farm Village

198,500

220,000

Paradise Wildlife Park

217,000

209,000

St. Albans Cathedral

247,600

200,000

Aldenham Country Park

152,000

186,000

Hatfield House

99,350

112,305

Zoological Museum

80,614

96,443

Verulamium Museum

79,146

78,988

Lee Valley Boat Centre

36,000

35,235

(c) Metropolitan Police area and the City of London

2003

2004

National Gallery

4,360,461

4,959,946

British Museum

4,584,000

4,868,127

Tate Modern

3,895,746

4,441,225

British Airways London Eye

3,700,000

3,700,000

Natural History Museum

2,857,153

3,240,344

Science Museum

2,886,850

2,154,366

Victoria and Albert Museum

2,257,325

2,010,825

Tower of London

1,972,263

2,139,366

National Portrait Gallery

1,315,402

1,516,402

Kew Gardens

1,0616,91

1,063,384