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The Most Visited Landmarks in England in 2019

News Every year, VisitEngland publishes the list of the most visited attractions in England. The ranking is divided into two categories – the most popular free and paid attractions. While England is closed for tourists from many countries of the world at the moment, this ranking can be helpful in preparing future vacation plans.

Last year was good for the hospitality industry of England. The increase in visitors was 3% in 2019, marking the highest increase since 2014. The increase in revenues outpaced the increase in visitors, adding 4% in 2019. As expected, the capital of the UK welcomed the majority of guests. Hotels in London are famous for their high occupancy at any time of the year. So what attractions did most of those guests visit?

The British Museum tops the list of free attractions in England. Last year, 6.2 million people visited it. The Tate Museum occupies second place with almost the same result – 6.1 million. The National Galley ranked third with 6 million visitors in 2019. When it comes to paid attractions, the Tower of London is the leader with nearly 3 million visitors. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew were second with 2.3 million guests. By the way, this attraction became significantly more popular in 2019 as an increase in visitors reached 25%. Chester Zoo is the third-most-popular paid attraction with 2.1 million visitors.

Other popular free attractions in England are the following: the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, Brighton Pier, V&A in South Kensington, Science Museum, Somerset House, Tate Britain, and National Portrait Gallery in London. The most popular paid attractions ranked 4 to 10 are the following: the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windermere Lake Cruises, Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Roman Baths, Old Royal Naval College, and Royal Academy of Arts.

The number of visitors grew in many attractions across England. The East Midlands and East England enjoyed the highest gains (7% and 6% respectively). To make the list, VisitEngland analyzed data obtained from 1308 English attractions. Most of them welcomed more international guests in 2019. The average increase in foreign visitors is 2% compared to 2018. Experts underlined an interesting fact – gardens were the biggest gainers in visitors in 2019 (+10%). Farms and places of worship were also increasingly popular (+8% and +7% respectively), while historic attractions and zoos welcomed only 5% more visitors.


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