These are particular challenges for Greece. Tourists from Germany, the UK, France and Italy were the main national groups bringing over 8 million visitors (in 2015). Tourists from the UK have yet to be given clearance to travel to Greece and that group is worth in the region of $750 million to the economy of Greece. Heritage tourism to a region like the Argolid is worth over $230 million to the local economy. Knossos on Crete is at the heart of one of the nation’s most popular destinations. Heritage in Greece is a major asset for the tourist economy and needs to be protected until tourist numbers can increase and generate the much needed income for the sector.
The details of the Leading Visitor Attractions for 2017 are now available. The National Trust for Scotland locations are:
Glenfinnan : 396,448 [+57.8%]
Culzean Castle & Country Park : 244,930 [+11.6%]
Inverewe Gardens : 191,951 [+109.6%]
Culloden : 180,875 [+27.6%]
Burns Birthplace Museum : 164,316 [+1.2%]
Crathes Castle : 121,841 [+23.7%]
Bannockburn : 55,347 [+7.9%]
Falkland Palace : 50,726 [+15.1%]
Drum Castle : 46,574 [-3%]
Brodick Castle & Country Park : 44,361 [-38.1%]
Pitmedden Garden : 43,045 [+17.9%]
Hill House : 28,518 [+6.2%]
Gladstones Land : 12,061 [-44.7%]
There are two notable changes: Glenfinnan has rocketed to the top of the NTS list, and Inverewe has risen from no. 181. Inverewe’s popularity is probably its situation on the designated Scottish coastal drive NC500.
The 2016 list of Leaving Visitor Attractions in the UK has been published. The top English Heritage site continues to be Stonehenge (at no. 23) with 1,381,855 visitors, with a modest 1.1 % increase on 2015 figures.
The remaining English Heritage properties are (with overall ranking):
Dover Castle (no. 98): 333,289
Osborne House (no. 116): 265,011
Tintagel Castle (no. 125): 229,809
Audley End House and Gardens (no. 149): 165,799
Whitby Abbey (no. 151): 151,810
Clifford’s Tower (no. 154): 146,703
Battle Abbey (no. 160): 137,771
Kenwood (no. 161): 134,416
Carisbrooke Castle (no. 164): 127,012
Wrest Park (no. 166): 124,305
Kenilworth Castle (no. 169): 107,993
Housesteads Roman Fort (no. 172): 102,004
Eltham Palace and Gardens (no. 176): 94,635
Bolsover Castle (no. 179): 91,880
Walmer Castle and Gardens (no. 180): 91,752
Pendennis Castle (no. 191): 73,907
The major increase in visitors were seen at Osborne House, Tintagel Castle, Audley End House and Gardens, Battle Abbey, Carisbrooke Castle, Wrest Park, Walmer Castle and Gardens. There was a significant downturn in visitors for Kenwood.
The 2016 figures are available for Leading Visitor Attractions in the UK (ALVA). The top attraction remains the British Museum with 6,420,395 visitors. The National Gallery is in second place with 6,262,839 visitors.
The figures for the Leading Visitor Attractions in the UK during 2015 are now available (ALVA). The top attraction is the British Museum with 6.8 million visitors, ahead of the National Gallery with 5.9 million.
The Top 10 attractions were all in London, with the Library of Birmingham coming no. 11 (1.8 million) and Chester Zoo at no. 12 (1.7 million).