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 2200 tourist sites, hosting over 119 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 to assist our members continually improve the visitor experience. 

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  • Titanic Belfast, Queen's Island, Belfast.
    Titanic Belfast: Queen's Island, Belfast.
  • Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
    Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
  • Treasure Houses of England, Leeds Castle, Kent
    Treasure Houses of England: Leeds Castle, Kent
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter
    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter
  • Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle
    Royal Collection Trust: Windsor Castle
  • English Heritage, Stonehenge, Wiltshire
    English Heritage: Stonehenge, Wiltshire
  • Royal Albert Hall,
    Royal Albert Hall:
  • Forestry England, The Forestry Commission: 'The Gruffalo' trail
    Forestry England: The Forestry Commission: 'The Gruffalo' trail
  • National Trust, Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
    National Trust: Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
  • Zoological Society of London, Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire
    Zoological Society of London: Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire
  • Pleasure Beach, 'Infusion' at Blackpool
    Pleasure Beach: 'Infusion' at Blackpool
  • Eden Project, Cornwall
    Eden Project: Cornwall
  • Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh Castle
    Historic Environment Scotland: Edinburgh Castle

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 2200 tourist sites, hosting over 119 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 to assist our members continually improve the visitor experience. 

View our online brochure

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Upcoming events

28-28 June 2024

Heads of Public Engagement forum

SS Great Britain, Bristol, Bristol

This forum is for colleagues who work in developing new audiences, working with communities off-site, on site and online to further their organisation's values, collections, history, campaigns and messages. [more...]

01 July 2024

Heads of Security forum

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

18 July 2024

ALVA Board meeting and Summer Lunch

Farrer & Co, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

26 September 2024

ALVA Council dinner

Warner Bros Studio Tour London 'The Making of Harry Potter', Hertfordshire

[more events...]

Latest News

ALVA NEWS

01 June 2024

ALVA welcomes new members

ALVA has welcomed 5 fantastic new members at our most recent Council meeting; they are Merlin Entertainments, The Hampshire Cultural Trust, London Wildlife Trust, Brighton and Hove Museums, and the University of Manchester's cultural consortium. They are a wonderfully diverse group of leading visitor attractions from across the UK and will be a hugely beneficial addition to our membership. [more...]

22 May 2024

ALVA repeats General Election asks of all political parties

ALVA published its key facts briefing about the UK tourism sector and visitor economy, and its key asks of all political parties in the run-up to the UK General Election in January 2024 and has been sharing them with all UK political parties over the last few months. [more...]

18 March 2024

VISITOR NUMBERS TO THE UK’S MOST POPULAR ATTRACTIONS INCREASE BY 19% ACCORDING TO ALVA’S 2023 VISITOR FIGURES - The British Museum returns to being the most visited attraction

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has released the visitor figures of its members for 2023 today (Monday, March 18, 2024) during English Tourism Week and Scottish Tourism Month. The total number of visits to ALVA sites in 2023 was 146.6million, which was a 19% increase on the previous year (123.6 million) but still represented a decline of 11% on the 163.9 million visits in 2019 to the top 374 ALVA sites. [more...]

Upcoming events

28-28 June 2024

Heads of Public Engagement forum

SS Great Britain, Bristol, Bristol

This forum is for colleagues who work in developing new audiences, working with communities off-site, on site and online to further their organisation's values, collections, history, campaigns and messages. [more...]

01 July 2024

Heads of Security forum

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

18 July 2024

ALVA Board meeting and Summer Lunch

Farrer & Co, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

26 September 2024

ALVA Council dinner

Warner Bros Studio Tour London 'The Making of Harry Potter', Hertfordshire

[more events...]

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