2006 Visitor Figures

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Visits made in 2006 to visitor attractions in membership with ALVA

Rank Site Total visits Charge/free % +/-
1 Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5,730,000 F -4%
2 Tate Modern 4,915,000 F 21%
3 British Museum 4,837,878 F 7%
4 The National Gallery 4,562,471 F 9%
5 Natural History Museum 3,754,496 F 22%
6 Science Museum 2,421,440 F 19.80%
7 Victoria and Albert Museum (South Kensington) 2,372,919 F 24%
8 Tower of London 2,084,468 C 7.90%
9 St Paul's Cathedral 1,626,034 F/C 17%
10 National Portrait Gallery 1,601,448 F 4%
11 Tate Britain 1,597,000 F -8%
12 National Maritime Museum 1,572,310 F 3.70%
13 Kew Gardens 1,357,522 C -10.40%
14 Edinburgh Castle 1,213,907 C 2%
15 British Library 1,182,393 F 6%
16 Chester Zoo 1,161,922 C 6.70%
17 Eden Project 1,152,332 C -2%
18 Canterbury Cathedral 1,047,380 F/C -0.70%
19 Westminster Abbey 1,028,991 C 0.10%
20 Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath 986,720 C 3%
21 National Gallery of Scotland Complex 942,788 F/C 26.20%
22 ZSL London Zoo 905,303 C 7.60%
23 National Rail Museum 902,149 F 17%
24 York Minster 895,000 F/C 11%
25 Houses of Parliament 890,455 F 18%
26 Stonehenge (EH) 879,393 C 4%
27 National Museum of Scotland 830,670 F 0.30%
28 Imperial War Museum (London) 712,321 F -2%
29 National Media Museum 663,444 F 8.30%
30 Chatsworth 604,400 C -0.70%
31 St Fagans 588,560 F -2.10%
32 Tate Liverpool 557,000 F -10%
33 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 540,094 C 5.10%
34 Blackpool Tower 526,456 C -1.40%
35 World Museum Liverpool 524,465 F 2%
36 Hampton Court Palace 473,013 C 5.10%
37 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 467,550 C -5.60%
38 Stirling Castle 439,709 C 0%
39 Merseyside Maritime Museum 439,318 F 24%
40 The Falkirk Wheel (British Waterways) 437,388 F 48%
41 Wakehurst Place (RBG/NT) 433,187 C -1.88%
42 National War Museum (Scotland) 421,568 C -26%
43 Discovery Museum (Tyne & Wear) 421,232 F -0.60%
44 Imperial War Museum Duxford 414,295 C -11%
45 Leeds Castle 413,655 C 1.50%
46 Blenheim Palace 374,821 C -7%
47 Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens 334,912 F 6.90%
48 Beaulieu 314,712 C 0.10%
49 Stourhead (NT) 307,265 F/C -4.10%
50 Dover Castle (EH) 301,450 C 4%
51 Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms 296,656 C -10%
52 Waddesdon Manor (NT) 295,212 F/C -3.20%
53 National Museum Cardiff 291,050 F 1.10%
54 Royal Armouries (Leeds) 290,098 F -14%
55 Kensington Palace 273,566 C 38.90%
56 Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (NT) 269,591 F/C -0.90%
57 HMS Belfast 268,774 C 12%
58 Harewood House 251,697 C -26%
59 National Waterfront Museum (Wales) 248,180 F -
60 Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool) 248,107 F 45%
61 Tate St Ives 243,000 C 12%
62 Polesden Lacey (NT) 241,134 F/C 8.40%
63 Imperial War Museum (North) 235,991 F 3%
64 Osborne House (EH) 230,940 C -2%
65 Scottish National Portrait Gallery 210,025 F/C 29%
66 Lady Lever Art Gallery (Liverpool) 201,576 F 71%
67 Castle Howard 201,473 C 7.70%
68 St Michael's Mount (NT) 194,811 F/C -1.80%
69 Kenwood House, London (EH) 194,408 F 8%
70 Culzean Castle & Country Park (NTS) 188,026 F/C -7.50%
71 Larrybane (NT) 184,904 F/C 20.70%
72 Tintagel Castle (EH) 183,456 C -1%
73 Penrhyn Castle (NT) 181,500 F/C 18.60%
74 Dean Gallery (Scotland) 179,182 F/C 12.40%
75 Theatre Museum (V&A) 178,013 F -2%
76 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 177,618 F/C -11.70%
77 Lanhydrock (NT) 177,486 F/C -6.20%
78 Belton House (NT) 177,022 F/C 6.30%
79 Sheffield Park (NT) 169,493 F/C 6.60%
80 Cliveden (NT) 168,286 F/C 4.60%
81 Wallington (NT) 163,382 F/C 15.50%
82 South Shields Museum & Art Gallery 162,059 F 3.80%
83 Big Pit (Wales) 158,115 F 3.10%
84 Chartwell (NT) 156,560 F/C -13%
85 Bodiam Castle (NT) 156,368 F/C -2.60%
86 Corfe Castle (NT) 153,753 F/C -11.70%
87 Nymans Garden (NT) 153,615 F/C -0.90%
88 Kingston Lacy (NT) 151,802 F/C 5.70%
89 Bodnant Garden (NT) 151,134 F/C 0.00%
90 Sissinghurst (NT) 148,961 F/C -8.60%
91 Killerton (NT) 134,033 F/C 0.60%
92 National Slate Museum (Wales) 133,153 F 11%
93 Attingham Park (NT) 131,998 F/C -0.50%
94 Anderton Boat Lift (British Waterways) 127,747 F -19%
95 Mottisfont (NT) 125,574 F/C 1.30%
96 Anglesey Abbey (NT) 125,126 F/C -2.80%
97 Hardwick Hall (NT) 125,093 F/C 2.10%
98 Clifford's Tower, York (EH) 122,493 C -4%
99 Walter Rothschild Museum, Tring 119,782 F 10%
100 Ickworth (NT) 117,708 F/C -8.50%
101 Cotehele (NT) 117,629 F/C 8.90%
102 Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight (EH) 117,507 C 7%
103 Home Farm Wimpole (NT) 117,088 F/C -6.60%
104 Brownsea Island (NT) 115,237 F/C 8.40%
105 Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire (EH) 114,814 C -4%
106 1066 Battle of Hastings:Abbey & Battlefield (EH) 114,465 C 4%
107 Sudbury Hall (NT) 113,274 F/C -0.90%
108 Mount Stewart (NT) 113,252 F/C 4.90%
109 Trelissick (NT) 113,011 F/C -2.30%
110 Cragside Estate (NT) 112,720 F/C -21.90%
111 Dunham Massey (NT) 112,087 F/C -0.40%
112 Hidcote Manor Garden (NT) 111,779 F/C -14.00%
113 Castle Drogo Estate (NT) 110,061 F/C -9.00%
114 Dunster (NT) 109,878 F/C -9.00%
115 Calke Abbey (NT) 106,229 F/C 7.30%
116 Montacute House (NT) 106,059 F/C 2.60%
117 Baddesley Clinton (NT) 104,555 F/C -4.30%
118 National Museum of Flight (Scotland) 104,240 C -31%
119 Dyrham Park (NT) 104,084 F/C -6.80%
120 Tyntesfield (NT) 103,088 F/C 10.30%
121 Erddig (NT) 103,087 F/C -1.30%
122 Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall (EH) 102,179 C -3%
123 Claremont Landscape Garden (NT) 101,944 F/C -2.10%
124 Pier Master's House (Liverpool) 101,681 F -2%
125 Pollok House (NTS) 90,062 F/C -4.60%
126 Culloden (NTS) 89,495 F/C 3%
127 Inverewe Garden (NTS) 81,242 F/C -5.60%
128 Royal Armouries (Fort Nelson, Portsmouth) 76,031 F -14%
129 Crathes Castle (NTS) 74,129 F/C -26%
130 National Roman Legion Museum(Wales) 71,182 F 4.10%
131 National Museum of Rural Life (Scotland) 60,988 C -6%
132 National Conservation Centre (Liverpool) 50,992 F 31%
133 Glencoe (NTS) 46,277 F/C -6.70%
134 National Wool Museum (Wales) 17,535 F 8.10%
135 National Museum of Costume (Scotland) 10,717 C -18%
Rank Site Total visits
1 Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5,730,000
2 Tate Modern 4,915,000
3 British Museum 4,837,878
4 The National Gallery 4,562,471
5 Natural History Museum 3,754,496
6 Science Museum 2,421,440
7 Victoria and Albert Museum (South Kensington) 2,372,919
8 Tower of London 2,084,468
9 St Paul's Cathedral 1,626,034
10 National Portrait Gallery 1,601,448
11 Tate Britain 1,597,000
12 National Maritime Museum 1,572,310
13 Kew Gardens 1,357,522
14 Edinburgh Castle 1,213,907
15 British Library 1,182,393
16 Chester Zoo 1,161,922
17 Eden Project 1,152,332
18 Canterbury Cathedral 1,047,380
19 Westminster Abbey 1,028,991
20 Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath 986,720
21 National Gallery of Scotland Complex 942,788
22 ZSL London Zoo 905,303
23 National Rail Museum 902,149
24 York Minster 895,000
25 Houses of Parliament 890,455
26 Stonehenge (EH) 879,393
27 National Museum of Scotland 830,670
28 Imperial War Museum (London) 712,321
29 National Media Museum 663,444
30 Chatsworth 604,400
31 St Fagans 588,560
32 Tate Liverpool 557,000
33 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 540,094
34 Blackpool Tower 526,456
35 World Museum Liverpool 524,465
36 Hampton Court Palace 473,013
37 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 467,550
38 Stirling Castle 439,709
39 Merseyside Maritime Museum 439,318
40 The Falkirk Wheel (British Waterways) 437,388
41 Wakehurst Place (RBG/NT) 433,187
42 National War Museum (Scotland) 421,568
43 Discovery Museum (Tyne & Wear) 421,232
44 Imperial War Museum Duxford 414,295
45 Leeds Castle 413,655
46 Blenheim Palace 374,821
47 Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens 334,912
48 Beaulieu 314,712
49 Stourhead (NT) 307,265
50 Dover Castle (EH) 301,450
51 Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms 296,656
52 Waddesdon Manor (NT) 295,212
53 National Museum Cardiff 291,050
54 Royal Armouries (Leeds) 290,098
55 Kensington Palace 273,566
56 Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (NT) 269,591
57 HMS Belfast 268,774
58 Harewood House 251,697
59 National Waterfront Museum (Wales) 248,180
60 Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool) 248,107
61 Tate St Ives 243,000
62 Polesden Lacey (NT) 241,134
63 Imperial War Museum (North) 235,991
64 Osborne House (EH) 230,940
65 Scottish National Portrait Gallery 210,025
66 Lady Lever Art Gallery (Liverpool) 201,576
67 Castle Howard 201,473
68 St Michael's Mount (NT) 194,811
69 Kenwood House, London (EH) 194,408
70 Culzean Castle & Country Park (NTS) 188,026
71 Larrybane (NT) 184,904
72 Tintagel Castle (EH) 183,456
73 Penrhyn Castle (NT) 181,500
74 Dean Gallery (Scotland) 179,182
75 Theatre Museum (V&A) 178,013
76 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 177,618
77 Lanhydrock (NT) 177,486
78 Belton House (NT) 177,022
79 Sheffield Park (NT) 169,493
80 Cliveden (NT) 168,286
81 Wallington (NT) 163,382
82 South Shields Museum & Art Gallery 162,059
83 Big Pit (Wales) 158,115
84 Chartwell (NT) 156,560
85 Bodiam Castle (NT) 156,368
86 Corfe Castle (NT) 153,753
87 Nymans Garden (NT) 153,615
88 Kingston Lacy (NT) 151,802
89 Bodnant Garden (NT) 151,134
90 Sissinghurst (NT) 148,961
91 Killerton (NT) 134,033
92 National Slate Museum (Wales) 133,153
93 Attingham Park (NT) 131,998
94 Anderton Boat Lift (British Waterways) 127,747
95 Mottisfont (NT) 125,574
96 Anglesey Abbey (NT) 125,126
97 Hardwick Hall (NT) 125,093
98 Clifford's Tower, York (EH) 122,493
99 Walter Rothschild Museum, Tring 119,782
100 Ickworth (NT) 117,708
101 Cotehele (NT) 117,629
102 Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight (EH) 117,507
103 Home Farm Wimpole (NT) 117,088
104 Brownsea Island (NT) 115,237
105 Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire (EH) 114,814
106 1066 Battle of Hastings:Abbey & Battlefield (EH) 114,465
107 Sudbury Hall (NT) 113,274
108 Mount Stewart (NT) 113,252
109 Trelissick (NT) 113,011
110 Cragside Estate (NT) 112,720
111 Dunham Massey (NT) 112,087
112 Hidcote Manor Garden (NT) 111,779
113 Castle Drogo Estate (NT) 110,061
114 Dunster (NT) 109,878
115 Calke Abbey (NT) 106,229
116 Montacute House (NT) 106,059
117 Baddesley Clinton (NT) 104,555
118 National Museum of Flight (Scotland) 104,240
119 Dyrham Park (NT) 104,084
120 Tyntesfield (NT) 103,088
121 Erddig (NT) 103,087
122 Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall (EH) 102,179
123 Claremont Landscape Garden (NT) 101,944
124 Pier Master's House (Liverpool) 101,681
125 Pollok House (NTS) 90,062
126 Culloden (NTS) 89,495
127 Inverewe Garden (NTS) 81,242
128 Royal Armouries (Fort Nelson, Portsmouth) 76,031
129 Crathes Castle (NTS) 74,129
130 National Roman Legion Museum(Wales) 71,182
131 National Museum of Rural Life (Scotland) 60,988
132 National Conservation Centre (Liverpool) 50,992
133 Glencoe (NTS) 46,277
134 National Wool Museum (Wales) 17,535
135 National Museum of Costume (Scotland) 10,717

EH = English Heritage
NT = National Trust
NTS = National Trust for Scotland
RBG = Royal Botanic Gardens

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