The Natural History Museum was essentially the most visited indoor attraction within the UK for a second consecutive yr, new figures present.
The London museum had 4,654,608 guests final yr, topping the British Museum, which had 4,097,253 guests, and the Tate Modern, with 3,883,160 guests, based on information from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva).
But it was Windsor Great Park that took the title of most visited attraction within the UK as soon as once more with 5,636,844 visits – a 4% improve on 2021.
Westminster Abbey, the place the Queen’s funeral was held in September, noticed one of many largest will increase in customer numbers in 2022, up 551% to 1,063,063 visits.
However, whereas figures had been up 69% throughout all sights final yr in comparison with 2021, they had been nonetheless 23% down on 2019 pre-COVID ranges.
Director of ALVA, Bernard Donoghue, mentioned the figures confirmed the UK tourism trade was experiencing the “tourism equivalent of long-COVID”.
“[This is] due, mainly, to the absence of international visitors, notably from China and the Far East, but I am confident that they will return this year and we will see a continuing healthy recovery,” he mentioned.
“The year ended strongly with attractions reporting a very busy Christmas, strong visitor numbers and strong retail sales.
“People clearly wished to create particular reminiscences with their family members after two troublesome years and a difficult financial local weather.”
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Commenting on the figures, The Natural History Museum’s director, Doug Gurr, mentioned: “We are thrilled to have become the UK’s most popular indoor attraction for a second year running.
“It is a testomony to our progressive and galvanizing public programme of occasions and exhibitions.”
Among the favored sights which drew in crowds to the Natural History Museum was the return of Dippy the Dinosaur following a four-year tour of the UK.
The 85ft-long (26m) plaster solid of a diplodocus skeleton, which was first placed on show within the London museum in 1905, was seen by 1,060,813 guests when it got here again as a part of a brand new set up from late May 2022 to January 2023.
The Our Broken Planet: How We Got Here and Ways to Fix It show, which engaged audiences with the planetary emergency, was additionally seen by 1.2 million guests throughout its run from May 2021 to August 2022.
The in style Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition additionally garnered 148,671 guests.