23rd March 2015

Record UK Tourist Numbers for 2014

Last year showed the greatest ever number of tourists visiting the United Kingdom, official figures have recently revealed. There was an increase of 6.5 per cent in the numbers of visitors to many of the country's most popular attractions and this pushed the total number of tourists to over 123 million for the first time. 

The celebrations of the centenary of the First World War helped to achieve these figures, with many exhibits and commemorations taking place around the country including the stunning sea of poppies at the Tower of London where 888,246 ceramic poppies were placed in the moat and surrounding area. This was viewed by around five million visitors. Visitor numbers were also up by an incredible 153 per cent at the Imperial War Museum which has unveiled new First World War galleries full of exhibits.

The Tate Modern art gallery hosted an exhibition of works by the artist Matisse which proved to be incredibly popular drawing in an audience of 5.7 million people. The most popular attraction in the country was once again the British Museum attracting over 6.7 million visitors during the year. Foreign visitor numbers were swelled by Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games with audiences being made up from all across the globe. The ancient site of Stonehenge benefitted from a new visitor centre helping to boost tourist figures to an incredible 1.34 million, an increase on 2013 of 8.4 per cent. Other popular attractions included the other famous London museums - the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert museum. Between them they drew visitor numbers of almost 12 million for 2014. The Southbank Centre and the National Gallery also had over 6 million visitors each and contributed to the superb total figures for the last year.

More Resources:

Article on the gov.uk website reviewing 2014 UK tourist figures - click here

BBC article on the record figures for 2014 - click here