New data from VisitEngland has revealed the most popular free and paid attractions in England’s regions during 2022.
Across England, the most visited attractions were the free Natural History Museum, and the Tower of London, which is approximately £15 to enter.
The data follows a separate report from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), published earlier this year, which named the Natural History Museum the most visited UK museum in 2022.
By region England’s top attractions mirrored those of London, while elsewhere in the country World Museum Liverpool, Beamish, and the National Railway Museum took a top spot.
The data is published as part of the ‘Visitor Attraction Trends in England 2022’ research from VisitBritain and VisitEngland. It includes data from the likes of country parks, farms, gardens, historic houses, museums, art galleries, and places of worship.
As part of its reporting, VisitEngland said that post-pandemic recovery for museums and art galleries had been much slower than the sector average up to the end of 2021, but caught up in 2022, with a 114% increase in visitor admissions.
It reports in contrast, that country parks had been the least affected by the pandemic and were the only category to report a decline in 2022, of -2%.
England's most popular attractions in 2022
|Top Free||World Museum Liverpool||669,684|
|Top Paid||Windermere Lake Cruises||1,303,609|
|Top Free||BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art||380,064|
|Top Paid||Beamish, The Living Museum of the North||788,603|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Top Free||National Railway Museum||572,577|
|Top Paid||Cannon Hall Farm||750,000|
|Top Free||Midlands Arts Centre (The MAC)||804,236|
|Top Paid||Attingham Park||537,876|
|Top Free||Lincoln Castle (grounds)||662,608|
|East of England|
|Top Free||Abbey Gardens (Bury St Edmunds)||1,362,874|
|Top Paid||Adventure Island Southend||990,000|
|Top Free||Natural History Museum||4,654,608|
|Top Paid||Tower of London||2,019,868|
|Top Free||Brighton Pier||4,632,108|
|Top Paid||RHS Garden Wisley||1,494,709|
|Top Free||Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust||546,132|