ALVA's members are the UK's most popular, iconic and important museums, galleries, palaces, castles, cathedrals, zoos, historic houses, heritage sites, gardens and leisure attractions.

They comprise over 2100 tourist sites, hosting over 110 million domestic and overseas visitors each year - around 28% of the visits made annually in the UK.

We represent our members to Government, media and business and lobby for support for the sector. We provide training, benchmarking and advocacy initiatives and assist our members to continually improve the visitor experience.

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  • Glasgow Museums, Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery
    Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, The V&A Christmas Tree 2014
    Victoria and Albert Museum: The V&A Christmas Tree 2014
  • Historic Scotland, Edinburgh Castle
    Historic Scotland: Edinburgh Castle
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The Mary Rose Museum
    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: The Mary Rose Museum
  •  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Palm House lit for Winter
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: The Palm House lit for Winter
  • British Museum, Great Court, British Museum
    British Museum: Great Court, British Museum
  • English Heritage, Stonehenge
    English Heritage: Stonehenge
  • The View From the Shard, The View from The Shard
    The View From the Shard: The View from The Shard
  • Continuum Group Ltd, The iconic Spinnaker Tower at sunset
    Continuum Group Ltd: The iconic Spinnaker Tower at sunset
  • Royal Shakespeare Company, The Stratford upon Avon home of the RSC
    Royal Shakespeare Company: The Stratford upon Avon home of the RSC
  • St Paul's Cathedral,
    St Paul's Cathedral:
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, The Great Hall of Hogwarts
    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Great Hall of Hogwarts
  • Historic Royal Palaces, Poppies at the Tower of London
    Historic Royal Palaces: Poppies at the Tower of London
  • Titanic Belfast, Queen's Island, Belfast
    Titanic Belfast: Queen's Island, Belfast
  • Treasure Houses of England, Castle Howard, Yorkshire
    Treasure Houses of England: Castle Howard, Yorkshire
  • Somerset House, The location of ALVA's office
    Somerset House: The location of ALVA's office
  • National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
    National Trust: Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
  • Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle, Berkshire
    Royal Collection Trust: Windsor Castle, Berkshire
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust , Shakespeare's Birthplace House
    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust : Shakespeare's Birthplace House
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ALVA NEWS

11 November 2014

'Poppies at the Tower' attract more than 4 million visitors and global interest.

More than four million people are expected to have visited an installation at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of World War One by 12 November. Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins has proven so popular there have been calls for it to be extended. [more...]

INDUSTRY NEWS

18 Dec 2014

Dundee V&A to tour Scotland before 2017 opening

Prior to its opening scheduled for early 2017, exhibits from the new V&A Dundee Museum of Design are to tour Scotland, visiting 78 venues across the country through 2015. [more...]

INDUSTRY NEWS

16 Dec 2014

Blow for Chester Zoo as 'Our Zoo' axed by the BBC

Our Zoo, the popular TV drama about the history of Chester Zoo, has has been cancelled “to create room for new shows” according to the BBC. [more...]

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03 February 2015

ALVA Board meeting

National Trust London office, London

11-12 February 2015

ALVA Council Meeting

RAF Museum, London

19 February 2015

ALVA Scottish members' meeting

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

26 February 2015

ALVA London members' meeting

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

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