Gardens in England see highest percentage growth in visitors in 2019

Published on : Thursday, October 22, 2020

The annual attractions survey published by VisitEngland has revealed that gardens saw the highest percentage growth in visitor numbers in 2019. Visits to gardens across England went up by ten per cent in 2019 compared to the previous year.

Farms and places of worship also witnessed strong growth in visitor numbers, going up eight and seven per cent, respectively.

Historic houses/castles and wildlife attractions/zoos also witnessed promising growth in visits, both increasing by five per cent.

On the whole, England’s visitor attractions witnessed an increase of three per cent in visitors in 2019, marking the highest year-on-year increase since 2014, and four per cent growth in revenue compared to the previous year.

These trends, undoubtedly, have witnessed sharp reverse this year, as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

To quote VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe, “From world-renowned museums, galleries, castles and historic houses to rural, wildlife and outdoor experiences, England’s outstanding range of visitor attractions are a crucial and valuable part of our tourism offer, boosting local economies right across the country. England’s attractions continued to provide a rich and varied canvas to capture the imagination of domestic and international visitors and our stunning gardens were a proven tourism draw, admired at home and across the world for their beauty and variety.”

Topping the list of free attractions is the British Museum with 6.2 million visitors followed by the Tate Modern with almost 6.1 million and the National Gallery with six million.

In 2019, The Tower of London remained the most visited ‘paid for’ attraction with almost three million visits followed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which witnessed a 25 per cent boost in visitors to 2.3 million and Chester Zoo with 2.1 million.

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