Stats: In 2018, London Welcomed UK’s Population in Visitors

The total number of visitors to attractions in London is nearing the entire population of the UK, according to newly released data from London & Partners. In 2018, the city’s visitor attractions welcomed 67,640,804 people, and all of the top 10 visitor attractions were in London. 

The 2018 visitor numbers also represented a 3.37 percent increase over the previous year. 

The most-visited attraction in the UK in 2018 was London’s Tate Modern art museum, with 5,868,562 visits. Officials attributed the strong results to the 2016 Switch House extension, as well as the popular Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition. The British Museum saw a slight decrease in visitors, by 1.3 percent, to a total of 5,828,552 visits and a second-place finish. The National Gallery remained in third place despite posting a nine percent increase to a total of 5,735,831 visits after hosting Monet & Architecture, the first exhibition devoted to Impressionist movement founder Claude Monet’s relationship with architecture. 

Rounding out the top 20 attractions in London and the UK in 2018 are:

  • NHM (South Kensington)
  • Southbank Centre
  • V&A South Kensington
  • Science Museum
  • Somerset House
  • Tower of London
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Chester Zoo
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Scottish National Gallery
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Royal Academy
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Stonehenge

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