ALVA's 55 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 2000 tourist sites, hosting over 100 million domestic and overseas visitors each year - around 25% 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.

  • National Trust, Corfe Castle, Dorset
    National Trust: Corfe Castle, Dorset
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust , Anne Hathaway's Cottage
    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust : Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Treasure Houses of England, Castle Howard
    Treasure Houses of England: Castle Howard
  • Historic Scotland, Edinburgh Castle
    Historic Scotland: Edinburgh Castle
  • Pleasure Beach, Avatar Airbender
    Pleasure Beach: Avatar Airbender
  • British Museum, Great Court, British Museum
    British Museum: Great Court, British Museum
  • National Museum of Science & Industry, Science Museum, Launchpad
    National Museum of Science & Industry: Science Museum, Launchpad
  • Continuum Group Ltd, The iconic Spinnaker Tower at sunset
    Continuum Group Ltd: The iconic Spinnaker Tower at sunset
  • Glasgow Museums, Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery
    Glasgow Museums: Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery
  • Historic Royal Palaces, Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland
    Historic Royal Palaces: Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter
    Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter
  • Chester Zoo, Chester Zoo, Giraffe Feeding Platform
    Chester Zoo: Chester Zoo, Giraffe Feeding Platform
  • National Trust, Walkers on Corn Du
    National Trust: Walkers on Corn Du
  • Somerset House, The location of ALVA's office
    Somerset House: The location of ALVA's office
  • Shakespeare's Globe, The Globe at Bankside, London - our newest member
    Shakespeare's Globe: The Globe at Bankside, London - our newest member
  • Titanic Belfast,
    Titanic Belfast:
  • Royal Shakespeare Company, RSC - our newest member
    Royal Shakespeare Company: RSC - our newest member
  • South Bank Centre, Our newest member
    South Bank Centre: Our newest member
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The new Mary Rose Museum
    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: The new Mary Rose Museum
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ALVA NEWS

08 April 2014

President of Ireland visits ALVA attractions on historic State Visit

Fáilte go dtí an Bhreatain! A warm welcome to Britain to The President of the Republic of Ireland on his historic first State Visit. We are proud and delighted that a number of ALVA members are hosting parts of the visit, including The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Windsor Castle, The City of London Guildhall, the UK Parliament and Westminster Abbey. [more...]

INDUSTRY NEWS

22 Apr 2014

Dreamland seeks ideal operator for vintage theme park proposal

An operating company is being sought for a £10m ($16.8m, €12.2m) heritage theme park in the UK which will bring together a collection of historic rides. [more...]

INDUSTRY NEWS

22 Apr 2014

Haynes motor museum hopes expansion drives further success

Haynes International Motor Museum in the UK has officially re-opened after a three-year, £5m ($8.4m, €6.1m) transformation, offering a tour through time of some of the greatest cars from around the world. [more...]

Upcoming events

21-22 May 2014

ALVA Council Meeting, Oxford

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

19 June 2014

ALVA Crisis Management Seminar

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22 July 2014

ALVA Summer Lunch

Farrer & Co, London

23 July 2014

ALVA Benchmarking Committee

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