2005 Visitor Figures

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Visits made in 2005 to visitor attractions in membership with ALVA

Rank Site Total visits Charge/free % +/-
1 Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5,970,000 F -3.30%
2 The British Museum 4,536,064 F -6.80%
3 National Gallery 4,202,020 F -15.20%
4 Tate Modern 3,902,017 F -12.10%
5 British Airways London Eye 3,250,000 C -12%
6 The Natural History Museum (South Kensington) 3,080,401 F -5%
7 Science Museum 2,013,000 F -7%
8 Tower of London 1,931,093 F/C -9.70%
9 V&A (South Kensington) 1,920,219 F -5%
10 Tate Britain 1,733,120 F 58%
11 National Portrait Gallery 1,539,766 F 1.50%
12 National Maritime Museum 1,515,755 F 0.52%
13 Kew Gardens (RBG) 1,514,276 F/C 25.60%
14 Edinburgh Castle 1,187,342 C -3.20%
15 Eden Project 1,177,189 C -3%
16 British Library 1,113,114 F 3.60%
17 Chester Zoo 1,089,257 C -6.20%
18 Canterbury Cathedral 1,054,886 F/C -3%
19 Westminster Abbey 997,382 C -2.70%
20 Roman Baths, Bath 957,116 C -5%
21 London Zoo 841,586 C -3.10%
22 Stonehenge (EH) 833,617 C 3%
23 Royal Museum & Museum of Scotland 828,367 F 9%
24 National Gallery of Scotland (Edinburgh) 810,054 F/C 4.90%
25 York Minster 803,000 F/C -1%
26 Imperial War Museum, London 730,172 F 7%
27 St Paul's Cathedral 729,657 C 2%
28 Tate Liverpool 616,570 F 5%
29 St Fagans National History Museum 600,771 F -5%
30 National War Museum of Scotland 567,744 F 13%
31 Blackpool Tower 533,977 F/C -8%
32 World Museum Liverpool 512,881 F 54%
33 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 512,714 C 22.40%
34 Whipsnade Wild Animal Park 495,468 C 13%
35 Imperial War Museum (Duxford) 462,972 C 4%
36 Hampton Court Palace 449,957 F/C -9.70%
37 Discovery Museum (Tyne & Wear) 449,807 F 2%
38 Wakehurst Place (RBG) 441,397 F/C 6.90%
39 Royal Armouries 427,084 F -1%
40 Chatsworth House & Gardens 412,900 C -3.70%
41 Leeds Castle 408,015 C -0.70%
42 Blenheim Palace 403,196 C 10%
43 Stirling Castle 373,766 C -6.50%
44 Harewood House 354,442 C -10%
45 Merseyside Maritime Museum 353,051 F -7%
46 Stourhead (NT) 333,898 C 3.20%
47 Cabinet War Rooms 329,580 C 8%
48 Beaulieu 314,334 C -1%
49 Waddesdon Manor (NT) 306,998 C 8.90%
50 The Falkirk Wheel 296,000 F/C -30%
51 Laing Art Gallery (Tyne & Wear) 295,882 F 2.78%
52 Dover Castle (EH) 290,732 C 6%
53 National Museum Cardiff 287,867 F 0%
54 Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (NT) 284,882 C 0.30%
55 Museum of Liverpool Life 280,063 F -5%
56 HMS Belfast 240,751 C -3%
57 Osborne House (EH) 235,558 C 7%
58 Imperial War Museum, North 229,968 C -8%
59 Tate St Ives 222,472 C -5.90%
60 Culzean Castle & Country Park (NTS) 202,054 F/C 6%
61 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 201,098 F/C 14.90%
62 Kensington Palace 196,836 F/C -9.30%
63 St Michael's Mount (NT) 196,806 C -4.30%
64 Chatsworth Farmyard 195,691 C 4.20%
65 Museum of Childhood (V&A) 193,472 F -18%
66 Lanhydrock (NT) 186,859 C -8.40%
67 Tintagel Castle (EH) 186,054 C 3%
68 Castle Howard 185,189 C 8%
69 Theatre Museum (V&A) 182,815 F -20%
70 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 170,222 F -2%
71 Larrybane (NT) 168,647 C 22.10%
72 Belton House (NT) 167,417 C 6.60%
73 Scottish National Portrait Gallery 162,781 F/C -5.80%
74 Dean Gallery, Edinburgh 159,348 F/C 39.80%
75 Penrhyn Castle (NT) 159,271 C 1.10%
76 Anderton Boat Lift 158,000 F/C 31%
77 Big Pit National Coal Museum-Blaenafon 153,436 F 9%
78 Museum of Flight (Scotland) 150,908 C 116%
79 Attingham Park (NT) 149,409 C 12.60%
80 Anglesey Abbey (NT) 138,690 C 1.80%
81 Killerton (NT) 129,780 C -0.90%
82 Clifford's Tower (EH) 127,239 C -3%
83 Woburn Abbey 124,000 C 3%
84 Whitby Abbey (EH) 120,136 C 4%
85 National Slate Museum, Llanberis 119,934 F -11%
86 Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool 118,028 F 5%
87 Castle Drago (NT) 117,400 C -2.50%
88 Kenwood House, London (EH) 116,645 F 4%
89 Dunham Massey (NT) 115,749 C 4.10%
90 Battle Abbey (EH) 109,949 C -6%
91 Carisbrooke Castle (EH) 109,833 C -7%
92 Housesteads Roman Fort (EH) 105,104 C -5%
93 Crathes Castle (NTS) 100,742 F/C 7%
94 Pollok House (NTS) 94,185 F/C 1.50%
95 Arundel Castle 86,962 C -
96 Culloden (NTS) 86,414 F/C 1%
97 Inverewe Garden NTS) 85,776 F/C -4%
98 Wilton House 75,936 C 0.50%
99 National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon 68,361 F 1%
100 Museum of Scottish Country Life 64,541 C 12%
101 National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 51,121 F N/A
102 Glencoe (NTS) 49,385 F/C 3%
103 National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre 16,221 F -4%
104 Shambellie House Museum of Costume 13,015 C 19%
Rank Site Total visits
1 Blackpool Pleasure Beach 5,970,000
2 The British Museum 4,536,064
3 National Gallery 4,202,020
4 Tate Modern 3,902,017
5 British Airways London Eye 3,250,000
6 The Natural History Museum (South Kensington) 3,080,401
7 Science Museum 2,013,000
8 Tower of London 1,931,093
9 V&A (South Kensington) 1,920,219
10 Tate Britain 1,733,120
11 National Portrait Gallery 1,539,766
12 National Maritime Museum 1,515,755
13 Kew Gardens (RBG) 1,514,276
14 Edinburgh Castle 1,187,342
15 Eden Project 1,177,189
16 British Library 1,113,114
17 Chester Zoo 1,089,257
18 Canterbury Cathedral 1,054,886
19 Westminster Abbey 997,382
20 Roman Baths, Bath 957,116
21 London Zoo 841,586
22 Stonehenge (EH) 833,617
23 Royal Museum & Museum of Scotland 828,367
24 National Gallery of Scotland (Edinburgh) 810,054
25 York Minster 803,000
26 Imperial War Museum, London 730,172
27 St Paul's Cathedral 729,657
28 Tate Liverpool 616,570
29 St Fagans National History Museum 600,771
30 National War Museum of Scotland 567,744
31 Blackpool Tower 533,977
32 World Museum Liverpool 512,881
33 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 512,714
34 Whipsnade Wild Animal Park 495,468
35 Imperial War Museum (Duxford) 462,972
36 Hampton Court Palace 449,957
37 Discovery Museum (Tyne & Wear) 449,807
38 Wakehurst Place (RBG) 441,397
39 Royal Armouries 427,084
40 Chatsworth House & Gardens 412,900
41 Leeds Castle 408,015
42 Blenheim Palace 403,196
43 Stirling Castle 373,766
44 Harewood House 354,442
45 Merseyside Maritime Museum 353,051
46 Stourhead (NT) 333,898
47 Cabinet War Rooms 329,580
48 Beaulieu 314,334
49 Waddesdon Manor (NT) 306,998
50 The Falkirk Wheel 296,000
51 Laing Art Gallery (Tyne & Wear) 295,882
52 Dover Castle (EH) 290,732
53 National Museum Cardiff 287,867
54 Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal (NT) 284,882
55 Museum of Liverpool Life 280,063
56 HMS Belfast 240,751
57 Osborne House (EH) 235,558
58 Imperial War Museum, North 229,968
59 Tate St Ives 222,472
60 Culzean Castle & Country Park (NTS) 202,054
61 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 201,098
62 Kensington Palace 196,836
63 St Michael's Mount (NT) 196,806
64 Chatsworth Farmyard 195,691
65 Museum of Childhood (V&A) 193,472
66 Lanhydrock (NT) 186,859
67 Tintagel Castle (EH) 186,054
68 Castle Howard 185,189
69 Theatre Museum (V&A) 182,815
70 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 170,222
71 Larrybane (NT) 168,647
72 Belton House (NT) 167,417
73 Scottish National Portrait Gallery 162,781
74 Dean Gallery, Edinburgh 159,348
75 Penrhyn Castle (NT) 159,271
76 Anderton Boat Lift 158,000
77 Big Pit National Coal Museum-Blaenafon 153,436
78 Museum of Flight (Scotland) 150,908
79 Attingham Park (NT) 149,409
80 Anglesey Abbey (NT) 138,690
81 Killerton (NT) 129,780
82 Clifford's Tower (EH) 127,239
83 Woburn Abbey 124,000
84 Whitby Abbey (EH) 120,136
85 National Slate Museum, Llanberis 119,934
86 Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool 118,028
87 Castle Drago (NT) 117,400
88 Kenwood House, London (EH) 116,645
89 Dunham Massey (NT) 115,749
90 Battle Abbey (EH) 109,949
91 Carisbrooke Castle (EH) 109,833
92 Housesteads Roman Fort (EH) 105,104
93 Crathes Castle (NTS) 100,742
94 Pollok House (NTS) 94,185
95 Arundel Castle 86,962
96 Culloden (NTS) 86,414
97 Inverewe Garden NTS) 85,776
98 Wilton House 75,936
99 National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon 68,361
100 Museum of Scottish Country Life 64,541
101 National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 51,121
102 Glencoe (NTS) 49,385
103 National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre 16,221
104 Shambellie House Museum of Costume 13,015

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

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