Dip in visitors to attractions
Monday 03 May 1999
Visits to gardens were particularly badly hit - dipping 7 per cent - while numbers going to country parks fell 4 per cent.
One attraction that bucked the trend was Windsor Castle, where tourists eager to see the restored fire-damaged apartments boosted visitor numbers by 32 per cent.
Published by the UK's four national tourist boards, the 1998 figures showed that Alton Towers in Staffordshire regained first place in the admission-charging attractions with 2.8 million visitors, ousting the Madame Tussauds waxworks museum in London. Blackpool Pleasure Beach was the most popular free attraction, with an estimated 7.1 million visitors
Westminster Abbey remained top of the ecclesiastical list, despite introducing an admission charge last year.
Admissions to leisure parks fell by 3 per cent and visits to historic properties and visitor centres were down 1 per cent.
Among attractions showing big increases in tourist numbers last year were Legoland at Windsor, Berkshire, the Natural History Museum in London, and Chester Zoo. Top garden was Hampton Court, while the leading visitor centre was Cadbury World in Birmingham.
A new category - top farms - was headed by Calestock Cider Farm in Truro, Cornwall.
The top 10 admission-charging attractions were: Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds, Tower of London, Natural History Museum, Chessington World of Adventures, Science Museum, Legoland, Canterbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle, and Edinburgh Castle.
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£16000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to continued expansion, an ...
£65000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A long-established, tech...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Experienced Software Dev...