ALVA's 57 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.

  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The new Mary Rose Museum
    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: The new Mary Rose Museum
  • National Trust, Walkers on Corn Du
    National Trust: Walkers on Corn Du
  • The View From the Shard, The View from The Shard - our newest member
    The View From the Shard: The View from The Shard - our newest member
  • Continuum Group Ltd, Coronation Street The Tour Weatherfield/Manchester
    Continuum Group Ltd: Coronation Street The Tour Weatherfield/Manchester
  • Titanic Belfast, Queen's Island, Belfast
    Titanic Belfast: Queen's Island, Belfast
  • Historic Scotland, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle
    Historic Scotland: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle
  • Glasgow Museums, Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery
    Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery
  • National Trust, Corfe Castle, Dorset
    National Trust: Corfe Castle, Dorset
  • National Museum of Science & Industry, Science Museum, Launchpad
    National Museum of Science & Industry: Science Museum, Launchpad
  • Somerset House, The location of ALVA's office
    Somerset House: The location of ALVA's office
  • Shakespeare's Globe, The Globe at Bankside, London
    Shakespeare's Globe: The Globe at Bankside, London
  • British Museum, Great Court, British Museum
    British Museum: Great Court, British Museum
  • Chester Zoo, Chester Zoo, Giraffe Feeding Platform
    Chester Zoo: Chester Zoo, Giraffe Feeding Platform
  • Royal Shakespeare Company, The Stratford upon Avon home of the RSC
    Royal Shakespeare Company: The Stratford upon Avon home of the RSC
  • Continuum Group Ltd, The iconic Spinnaker Tower at sunset
    Continuum Group Ltd: The iconic Spinnaker Tower at sunset
  • Pleasure Beach, Avatar Airbender
    Pleasure Beach: Avatar Airbender
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust , Anne Hathaway's Cottage
    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust : Anne Hathaway's Cottage
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ALVA NEWS

12 September 2014

ALVA to meet at Stirling Castle on the day of the Scottish referendum

ALVA's Council meeting will take place at Stirling Castle on the day of the Scottish referedum on independence, Thursday 18th September. Members will meet at the historic venue on an historic day for Scotland and the UK and will hear from a range of tourism experts. [more...]

INDUSTRY NEWS

18 Sep 2014

Nick Cave curates virtual museum of 'Important Sh*t'

Musician Nick Cave has launched a virtual museum known as the Museum of Important Sh*t – a unique collection of ordinary objects with extraordinary significance. [more...]

INDUSTRY NEWS

18 Sep 2014

UK to fund friendship-building museum exchange with China

A £300,000 (US$490,000, €378,000) pot is being made available by the UK government to fund museum exchanges between China and Great Britain. The move is aimed at developing the cultural relationship between the two nations. [more...]

Upcoming events

25 September 2014

ALVA Education Managers' Forum

Hampton Court Palace

02 October 2014

ALVA Finance Directors' Forum

Farrer & Co, London

09 October 2014

Visitor Attractions Conference

QEII Conference Centre, London

21 October 2014

ALVA Board meeting

Somerset House, London

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