Tourists warm to great outdoors
Monday 06 May 1996
Trips to country parks rose by 7 per cent in 1995 while the number of visitors to gardens went up 5 per cent, the British Tourist Authority said. Historic properties welcomed 4 per cent more visitors. Overall, visits to tourist attractions increased by 2 per cent in 1995 compared with 1994. The BTA statistics showed that last year:
Visitor centre numbers rose 4 per cent.
Visits to farm attractions were up 3 per cent and to steam railways by 2 per cent.
The number of tourists visiting museums and galleries fell 3 per cent.
Visits to workplaces were down 2 per cent, while leisure parks and wildlife attractions did as well as in 1994.
Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire was again the top admission- charging attraction.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, with 7.3 million visitors, was the top admission- free attraction, while 5.7 million visited the British Museum in London (also free).
Adele Biss, the BTA chairman, said: "Increased investment and the added bonus of a hot summer tempted more visitors to sample our many and diverse tourist attractions. World-class attractions new this year, such as the Royal Armouries in Leeds and Legoland at Windsor, should encourage more days out in 1996."
Free attractions reported a 2 per cent increase in admissions while visits to admission-charging sites rose 1 per cent.
Britain's top ten attractions
The leading fee-charging attractions last year were:
1. Alton Towers, Staffordshire 2,707,000
2. Madame Tussaud's, London 2,703,283
3. Tower of London 2,536.680
4. Chessington World of Adventure, Surrey 1,770.000
5. Science Museum, London 1,556,368
6. St Paul's Cathedral, London 1,500,000
7. Windsor Castle, Berkshire 1,212,305
8. Blackpool Tower 1,205,000
9. Thorpe Park, Surrey 1,166,000
10.Natural History Museum, London 1,064,273
Revealed: Devastating impact of 'bedroom tax' sees huge leap in demand for emergency hardship handouts for tenants
Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
Revealed: Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years
Five-year-old British girl who died in a pool at Coral Sea Waterworld Hotel in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort named as Chloe Johnson
- 1 Stoke City investigate 'religious abuse' after 'pig's head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'
- 2 Gove’s lesson: spare the comma, spoil the child
- 3 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 4 Grace Dent on TV: Extreme Couponing, My Strange Addiction, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC
- 5 Join Ryanair! See the world! But we'll only pay you for nine months a year
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bens: Progressive Recruitment: C# WEB DEVELOPER Le...
£240 - £260 per day: Progressive Recruitment: WPF Developer (C#, VB.Net) North...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: KS2 teacher needed to do PPA ...