Latest Visitor Figures

Visits made in 2014 to visitor attractions in membership with ALVA

Rank Site Total visits Charge/free % +/- Group Note
1 British Museum 6,695,213 F/C 0%
2 The National Gallery 6,416,724 F/C 6%
3 Southbank Centre 6,255,799 F/C a
4 Tate Modern 5,785,427 F/C 18% TA
5 Natural History Museum 5,388,295 F/C 1% NHM
6 Science Museum 3,356,072 F/C 1% SMG
7 V&A South Kensington 3,180,450 F/C -3% V&A
8 Tower of London 3,075,950 C 6% HRP
9 Somerset House 2,463,201 F/C 3%
10 The Library of Birmingham 2,414,860 F b
11 National Portrait Gallery 2,062,502 F/C 1%
12 St Paul's Cathedral 1,782,741 F/C -17% c
13 Old Royal Naval College 1,749,708 F -2%
14 National Museum of Scotland 1,639,509 F -7% NMS d
15 British Library 1,627,599 F/C 10% e
16 National Maritime Museum 1,516,258 F/C 6% RMG
17 Edinburgh Castle 1,480,676 C 4% HS
18 Chester Zoo 1,432,867 F/C 2%
19 Kew 1,368,565 F/C 3% RBG
20 Tate Britain 1,357,878 F/C -1% TA
21 Stonehenge 1,346,177 C 8% EH
22 ZSL London Zoo 1,318,621 C 2% ZSL
23 Scottish National Gallery 1,295,015 F/C 39% NGS f
24 Houses of Parliament 1,253,326 F/C 10% g
25 Westminster Abbey 1,190,737 F/C -12%
26 Museum of London 1,167,070 F/C 19%
27 The Roman Baths 1,143,633 C 1%
28 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 1,121,995 F/C 8% GM
29 Riverside Museum 1,049,834 F 42% GM
30 RHS Garden Wisley 1,023,715 C 6% RHS
31 Canterbury Cathedral 1,003,847 F/C 0%
32 Imperial War Museum London 914,774 F/C 153% IWM h
33 Ashmolean Museum 875,407 F 16% OUM
34 Eden Project 867,362 C 1%
35 Royal Academy of Arts 824,793 C -19%
36 The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 806,810 F 19% RBGE
37 Royal Observatory Greenwich 785,963 F/C -2% RMG
38 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 741,142 F/C 9% NMRN
39 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 722,190 F 23% BMT
40 National Railway Museum 715,370 F -23% SMG
41 Museum of Liverpool 707,405 F -6% LM
42 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 696,750 C 12% ZSL
43 Museum of Science and Industry 678,867 F 3% SMG
44 Edinburgh Zoo 671,942 C -12%
45 Tower Bridge Exhibition 649,361 C 9% CLC
46 Titanic Belfast 644,792 C 2%
47 Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUM) 640,596 F 0% OUM i
48 Blenheim Palace 639,917 C 5% THE
49 Merseyside Maritime Museum 631,710 F 1% LM
50 Gallery of Modern Art 622,284 F 9% GM
51 World Museum 610,765 F -10% LM
52 Chatsworth 610,083 C -5% THE
53 National War Museum 593,639 F 4% NMS
54 Leeds Castle 573,249 F/C THE
55 Tate Liverpool 560,855 F -3% TA
56 Hampton Court Palace 560,513 C -1% HRP
57 M Shed 554,953 F/C -7% BMGA
58 Giant's Causeway 542,514 F/C 8% NT
59 Churchill War Rooms 472,746 C 0% IWM
60 V&A Museum of Childhood 471,000 F 6% V&A
61 Woburn Safari Park 450,003 F/C 7%
62 Stirling Castle 440,819 C 7% HS
63 National Media Museum 431,328 F -10% SMG
64 Pitt Rivers Museum 423,603 F 25% OUM
65 IWM North 411,293 F 23% IWM
66 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 407,388 F/C -10% BMGA
67 Shakespeare Birthplace 403,911 C 0% TSBT
68 Cliveden 403,194 F/C -3% NT
69 IWM Duxford 402,468 C 7% IWM
70 Kensington Palace 401,353 C -1% HRP
71 Mary Rose Museum 398,228 C j
72 Stourhead 395,406 F/C 0% NT
73 HMS Victory 391,840 F/C 4% NMRN
74 Attingham Park 386,006 F/C 3% NT
75 People's Palace 380,110 F 23% GM
76 International Slavery Museum 368,113 F -18% LM
77 Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 366,150 F/C 5% NT
78 RHS Garden Harlow Carr 359,126 C 5% RHS
79 Waddesdon Manor 358,065 F/C -7% NT k
80 Shakespeare's Globe 357,886 C 2% l
81 The Royal Air Force Museum: Cosworth 350,670 F 10% RAF
82 The Royal Air Force Museum: London 347,717 F 50% RAF
83 HMS Belfast 346,331 C 4% IWM
84 Dover Castle 345,281 C 1% EH
85 Dunham Massey 340,929 F/C 51% NT
86 Polesden Lacey 340,690 F/C 10% NT
87 Urquhart Castle 330,489 C 6% HS
88 Beaulieu 329,869 C -14% THE
89 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 325,604 F/C 23% NGS m
90 The Fitzwilliam Museum 323,019 F -4% UCM
91 Belton House 319,886 F/C 7% NT
92 Larrybane 317,844 F/C 19% NT
93 Anglesey Abbey 312,692 F/C 16% NT
94 Nymans Garden 311,818 F/C 21% NT
95 Calke Abbey 308,939 F/C 16% NT
96 St Michael's Mount 297,364 F/C 0% NT
97 Scottish National Portrait Gallery 294,157 F/C 12% NGS
98 Mottisfont 280,860 F/C 8% NT
99 Locomotion-The National Railway Museum at Shildon 270,523 F 48% SMG
100 Cutty Sark 265,202 C -18% RMG
101 Kingston Lacy 257,859 F/C 6% NT
102 Thinktank 257,077 C 0% BMT
103 CambridgeÊUniversityÊBotanic Garden 255,567 C 15% UCM
104 Walker Art Gallery 252,042 F 6% LM
105 The Monument to the Great Fire of London 242,853 C 0% CLC
106 Osborne 242,779 C 0% EH
107 Castle Howard 235,808 C 5% THE
108 Piermaster's House 235,161 F 13% LM
109 Corfe Castle 230,753 F/C 5% NT
110 WWT Slimbridge 230,122 C 5% WWT
111 Wakehurst Place 228,446 F/C -29% RBG
112 Chartwell 226,582 F/C 9% NT
113 Sheffield Park 223,607 F/C 12% NT
114 Lady Lever Art Gallery 221,663 F 20% LM
115 Tyntesfield 216,759 F/C -1% NT
116 RHS Garden Hyde Hall 216,264 C 23% RHS
117 Kenwood 215,541 F EH n
118 Lanhydrock 215,108 F/C 5% NT
119 Cragside Estate 212,376 F/C 6% NT
120 Hardwick Hall 210,898 F/C -3% NT
121 Ickworth 210,897 F/C 6% NT
122 Tate St Ives 208,346 C TA o
123 Killerton 202,444 F/C 11% NT
124 Wallington 201,043 F/C 7% NT
125 WWT Martin Mere 194,804 C 1% WWT
126 Bodnant Garden 191,015 F/C 11% NT
127 Tintagel Castle 190,406 C -1% EH
128 WWT London 188,627 C -1% WWT
129 Baddesley Clinton 188,128 F/C -2% NT
130 Dyrham Park 186,848 F/C 13% NT
131 Museum of the History of Science (OUM) 184,551 F 5% OUM
132 Claremont Landscape Garden 182,350 F/C 6% NT
133 Sissinghurst 180,146 F/C 0% NT
134 Hidcote Manor Garden 174,306 F/C 7% NT
135 The Burrell Collection 172,420 F -11% GM
136 Bodiam Castle 168,719 F/C 5% NT
137 RHS Garden Rosemoor 163,802 C 12% RHS
138 Natural History Museum Tring 158,539 F 5% NHM
139 Mount Stewart 153,864 F/C -2% NT
140 Trelissick 153,649 F/C 20% NT
141 Clifford's Tower 153,530 C 11% EH
142 Sudbury Hall 153,331 F/C 7% NT
143 Dunster 149,758 F/C 2% NT
144 Audley End House and Gardens 148,865 C 4% EH
145 Harewood House 148,707 C -9% THE
146 Home Farm Wimpole 147,562 F/C 10% NT
147 The Queen's House 147,181 F -1% RMG
148 Cotehele 144,001 F/C 5% NT
149 The St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art 137,816 F 14% GM
150 Anne Hathaways Cottage 136,914 C -7% TSBT
151 Whitby Abbey 135,910 7% EH
152 National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth) 133,787 F/C -7% NMRN
153 Montacute House 133,198 F/C 7% NT
154 Erddig 129,733 F/C -11% NT
155 Brownsea Island 129,595 F/C 6% NT
156 Carisbrooke Castle 114,132 F/C -3% EH
157 Battle Abbey (1066 Battle of Hastings) 111,990 -1% EH
158 Kenilworth Castle 108,689 -1% EH
159 Fleet Air Arm Museum 108,469 F/C 1% NMRN
160 Royal Navy Submarine Museum 107,914 F/C 150% NMRN
161 Burghley House 106,714 C -1% THE
162 Housesteads Roman Fort 104,511 C 14% EH
163 Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences 103,513 F -17% UCM
164 Hatfield Hosue 100,307 F/C 9% THE
165 Nash's House and New Place 97,865 C 3% TSBT p
166 Culloden 97,634 F/C NTS
167 Halls Croft 94,201 C -3% TSBT
168 Penrhyn Castle 92,759 F/C 6% NT
169 WWT Arundel 90,656 C -1% WWT
170 Castle Drogo Estate 88,533 F/C -8% NT
171 Provand's Lordship 86,064 F 10% GM
172 Bolsover Castle 84,447 C 4% EH
173 Kettle's Yard 84,365 F 43% UCM
174 National Museum of Rural Life 82,573 C 12% NMS
175 Mary Ardens Farm 79,271 C 6% TSBT
176 Walmer Castle and Gardens 77,828 C 14% EH
177 Pendennis Castle 74,733 10% EH
178 National Museum of Flight 72,992 C 4% NMS
179 Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 68,184 F 11% UCM
180 Guildhall Art Gallery 67,928 F -8% CLC q
181 Croome D'Abitot 65,954 F 7% CCT
182 Inverewe 62,750 F/C NTS
183 The Polar Museum 60,123 F 64% UCM
184 Scotland Street School Museum 59,667 F 11% GM
185 Crathes 58,202 F/C NTS
186 Shrewsbury St Mary 58,056 F 7% CCT r
187 WWT Castle Espie 57,681 C 0% WWT
188 WWT Llanelli 57,295 C 0% WWT
189 Holkham Hall 57,278 F/C 6% THE
190 York Holy Trinity 56,421 F -4% CCT
191 WWT Washington 56,201 C 4% WWT
192 Woburn Abbey and Garden 55,647 F/C -3% THE
193 Sandwich St Peter 55,191 F 10% CCT
194 Sudley House 55,010 F -3% LM
195 Benmore Botanic Garden 47,137 C 0% RGBE
196 Blaise Castle House Museum 45,421 F/C 7% BMGA
197 Evesham 44,492 F 1% CCT
198 Falkland 38,502 F/C NTS
199 Aston Hall 37,756 C -9% BMT
200 Stamford St John 35,762 F 4% CCT
201 Dawyck Botanic Garden 34,465 C 19% RGBE
202 Bristol St Johns 34,188 F/C 156% CCT
203 Royal Marines Museum 33,160 F/C -2% NMRN
204 Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 30,381 C 1% BMT
205 Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower 28,346 F/C 64% NMRN
206 Keats' House 26,379 C 8% CLC
207 Portland 25,637 F 7% CCT
208 WWT Welney 24,774 C -1% WWT
209 Cooling 23,109 F -2% CCT
210 Pitmedden 21,259 F/C NTS
211 Logan Botanic Garden 21,165 C 9% RGBE
212 Glenfinnan 20,491 F/C NTS
213 Exeter St Martin 20,060 F 32% CCT
214 Sarehole Mill 19,651 C -1% BMT
215 Blakesley Hall 18,453 C -7% BMT
216 Cambridge All Saints 18,280 F -2% CCT
217 The Georgian House Museum 15,337 F/C -9% BMGA
218 Museum of Classical Archaeology 15,246 F 10% UCM
219 WWT Caerlaverock 15,155 C 12% WWT
220 Glasgow Museums Resource Centre 14,215 F -7% GM
221 Whipple Museum of the History of Science 13,283 F 11% UCM
222 Soho House 10,159 C 3% BMT
223 Leeds St John 9,805 F -5% CCT
224 The Red Lodge Museum 9,421 F/C -31% BMGA
225 Weoley Castle 8,282 F 33% BMT
226 Northampton 7,749 F -31% CCT s
227 Bristol Record Office 4,776 F/C -32% BMGA
228 Museums Collection Centre 1,853 F/C -20% BMT
229 Kings Weston Roman Villa 232 F/C -66% BMGA
230 Museum of Zoology 0 F UCM t
Notes
aFirst year as ALVA member
b 2013 comparator not available because The Library of Birmingham only opened in September 2013; 2014 was the first full year of operation.
c Reviewed a number of our discount schemes
d National Museum of Scotland's fall in numbers: "Ten galleries closed to public for capital redevelopment."
e Revamped Treasures Gallery, exhibitions reaching new audiences (Comics Unmasked, Gothic Imagination etc)
f NGS switched from manual counting to electronic counting in April 2014, therefore uplift in figures is partly due to this
g Estimated % increase from 2013
h The new First World War Galleries at Imperial War Museum London saw almost 1 million visitors in just 6 months (153% increase on the same period in 2013)
i Closed 2013
j Only open for 7 months in 2013
k June festival weekend (12,000 visitors) did not take place in 2014
l Exhibition & Tour only
m Combined total for Modern One and Modern Two
n 688.5% increase as Kenwood closed at the end of March 2012 for refurbishment and re-opened end of November 2013.
o Note: -20% as Tate St Ives was closed for building works from January to May 2014
p N.B. closed for conservation and redevelopment of site on 3rd November.
q Due to the Gallery being closed for two periods of refurbishment work in 2014. Totalling 8.5 weeks between 28 July - 12 September and from 13 December (until 15 January 2015), this represented 16% of the calendar year.
r Introduction of new facilities in July 2014
s Loss of volunteers means church not open.
t The Museum of Zoology closed on 3 June 2013 for a major refurbishment programme, and will reopen in 2016
AcronymGroup
TATate
NHM Natural History Museum
SMG Science Museum Group
V&A V&A
HRP Historic Royal Palaces
NMS National Museums Scotland
RMG Royal Museums Greenwich
HS Historic Scotland
RBG Royal Botanic Gardens
EH English Heritage
ZSL ZSL
NGS National Galleries of Scotland
GM Glasgow Museums
RHS RHS
IWM Imperial War Museums
OUM Oxford University Museums
RBGE Royal Botanic Gardens Edingburgh
NMRN National Museum of the Royal Navy
BMT Birmingham Museums Trust
LM Liverpool Museums
CLC City of London Corporation
THE Treasure Houses of England
BMGA Bristol Museums Galleries & Archives
NT National Trust
TSBT The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
RAF RAF Museums
UCM University of Cambridge Museums
WWT Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
NTS National Trust of Scotland
CCT Churches Coservation Trust
RGBE Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
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