London occupies all top 10 spots on list of best UK visitor attractions led by British Museum, according to Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

 
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The Great Court of the British Museum, the UK's number one visitor attraction in 2015 (Source: Getty)

The appeal of the British Museum, National Gallery and the Natural History Museum ensured London sites topped a list of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK in 2015.

London attractions occupied all top 10 spots on the list, according to figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions released today.

In another prolific year for British culture, the total number of people visiting UK attractions rose 3.2 per cent in 2015, while visitor numbers in Scotland rose 5.5 per cent.

The British Museum held onto the top spot for the ninth consecutive year, with 6,280,686 visitors flooding through its doors in 2015. The museum, located in Bloomsbury, showcases world artefacts from the ancient era to the present day.

The National Gallery took second place with 5,908,254 visitors, although this was an 8 per cent drop on last year, while the Natural History Museum, in third place, saw a drop of 1.9 per cent with 5,284,023 visitors passing through its doors.

The majority of attractions in the top 10 saw a decrease in visitor numbers with only the British Museum (first), Victoria and Albert Museum (sixth), Somerset House (eighth) and National Portrait Gallery (tenth) seeing a rise in footfall.

The Library of Birmingham was the most visited free attraction outside London, coming in 11th place, while Chester Zoo was the highest-ranking paid-for attraction outside of the capital.

Edinburgh Castle was Scotland's most popular attraction, placing above the National Museum of Scotland for the first time in five years.

UK'S TOP ATTRACTIONS

1. British Museum: 6.8m visitors
2. The National Gallery: 5.9m
3. Natural History Museum: 5.3m
4. Southbank Centre: 5.1m
5. Tate Modern: 4.7m
6. Victoria and Albert Museum: 3.4m
7. Science Museum: 3.4m
8. Somerset House: 3.2m
9. Tower of London: 2.7m
10. National Portrait Gallery: 2.1m

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