Many UK attractions enjoy strong rise in visitor numbers over 2013
A number of attractions have seen a rise in visitors in 2013 according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
The figures indicate that many visitors have returned in large numbers to many attractions after the London Olympics of 2012. The warm weather particularly helped the outside attractions such as Kew Gardens and London Zoo.
Many of the free attractions in London showed considerable increases, British Museum came out on top with 6.7 million people coming through its doors – a 20 per cent increase on 2012.
Other attractions to fare well included the National Gallery (up 14 per cent to 6.03 million) and the Natural History Museum (up 6.7 per cent to 5.35 million), while overall London attractions had a 12 per cent increase in 2013, with English attractions overall up 5 per cent and Scottish attractions also up 5 per cent.
Although the AVLA do not cover all attractions, the overall trend seems to be a very good year for most London attractions.
Amongst the biggest increases is the British Museum (up 20% to 6.7 Million), Westminster Abbey (13% to around 2 Million) and Science Museum (up nearly 11% to 3.3 million).
Figures for a few of the other attractions have to be adjusted because they may have been used for other events in Olympic year.