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Tourism

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the 10 most popular tourist attractions in England were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) revenue raised and (b) visitor numbers. (187676)

The tables show the top 10 tourist attractions in England and admission figures between 1999 and 2006.

Information before 1999 and information on the revenue raised by these attractions are not available.

Top 10 tourist attractions and visitor numbers in England1, 2

1999

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

7,100,000

British Museum

5,461,000

National Gallery

4,965,000

Alton Towers

2,650,000

Madame Tussaud’s

2,640,000

Pleasureland Theme Park

2,500,000

Tower of London

2,429,000

Adventure Island

2,000,000

York Minster

1,900,000

Tate Britain

1,822,000

2000

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

6,800,000

Millennium Dome

6,517,000

British Museum

5,466,000

National Gallery

4,988,000

Tate Modern

3,874,000

British Airways London Eye

3,300,000

Pleasureland Theme Park

2,600,000

Adventure Island

2,500,000

Alton Towers

2,450,000

Madame Tussaud’s

2,388,000

2001

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

6,500,000

National Gallery

4,919,000

British Museum

4,801,000

British Airways London Eye

3,850,000

Tate Modern

3,552,000

Tower of London

2,019,000

Pleasureland Theme Park

2,000,000

Eden Project

1,700,000

Natural History Museum

1,696,000

Science Museum

1,353,000

2002

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

6,200,000

Tate Modern

4,661,000

British Museum

4,607,000

National Gallery

4,131,000

British Airways London Eye

4,100,000

Natural History Museum

2,958,000

Science Museum

2,722,000

Victoria and Albert Museum

2,210,000

Pleasureland Theme Park

2,000,000

Tower of London

1,941,000

2003

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

6,200,000

British Museum

4,584,000

National Gallery

4,360,000

Tate Modern

3,896,000

British Airways London Eye

3,700,000

Natural History Museum

2,894,000

Science Museum

2,887,000

Victoria and Albert Museum

2,257,000

Pleasureland Theme Park

2,100,000

Tower of London

1,972,000

2004

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

6,200,000

National Gallery

4,960,000

British Museum

4,868,000

Brighton Pier

4,500,000

Tate Modern

4,441,000

British Airways London Eye

3,700,000

Natural History Museum

3,240,000

Xscape Castleford

2,800,000

Science Museum

2,169,000

Upper Derwent Reservoirs

1,750,000

2005

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

6,000,000

British Museum

4,536,000

National Gallery

4,202,000

Tate Modern

3,902,000

River Lee Country Park

3,500,000

Xscape Castleford

3,250,000

Natural History Museum

3,078,000

Parkland at Dalton Park

2,100,000

Science Museum

2,020,000

Tower of London

1,931,000

2006

Number

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

5,730,000

Tate Modern

4,915,000

British Museum

4,838,000

National Gallery

4,562,000

Natural History Museum

3,754,000

River Lee Country Park

3,500,000

Xscape Castleford

3,476,000

Science Museum

2,440,000

Victoria and Albert Museum

2,373,000

Parkland at Dalton Park

2,200,000

1 Participation within the Visitor Attraction survey is voluntary and so there may be attractions that choose not to participate or to remain anonymous. For these reasons, comparisons between years is not advisable.

2 Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source:

Visitor Attraction Trends survey, England (Visit Britain).