Which? has announced a publicly selected list of the most popular historical attractions in the UK, with two attractions taking joint first-place.

The two attractions taking the top-spot are National Trust site Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire and Royal Yacht Britannia, birthed in Leith near Edinburgh.

A total of 63 historic attractions across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were rated by 2,994 Which? Members, and an ‘Attraction score’ calculated from the results.

Which? said the score was calculated with a combination of overall satisfaction/likelihood to recommend. Factors in the list included value for money, entertainment/engagement, facilities, food and drink, and ‘lack of crowds’.

It said of the results: “after many months of lockdown and uncertainty, people want to engage in their surroundings and develop a greater appreciation for their nuance. We’re craving historical context – vibrant backstories to balance out the wow factor.”

Fountains Abbey said on Twitter: “A huge thank you to all of the voters and big pat on the back to our team who work so hard to make this place so special to so many.”

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The UK's best historical attractions, according to Which?

Historic attraction Location Attraction score
Fountains Abbey Yorkshire 88%
Royal Yacht Britannia Edinburgh 88%
Culzean Castle & Country Park Ayrshire 87%
Roman Baths & Pump Room Bath 87%
Durham Cathedral Durham 86%
Stirling Castle Stirling 86%
Wakehurst West Sussex 85%
Quarry Bank Cheshire 84%
Stourhead Wiltshire 84%
St Paul’s Cathedral London 84%
Tower Bridge Exhibition London 84%
Anglesey Abbey Cambridgeshire 83%
Powis Castle Powys 83%
Westminster Abbey London 83%
Calke Abbey Derbyshire 82%
Croome Court Worcestershire 82%
Tower of London London 82%
Cliveden Buckinghamshire 81%
Winchester Cathedral Hampshire 81%
Attingham Park Shropshire 80%
Hever Castle & Gardens Kent 80%
Mottisfont Abbey Hampshire 80%
St Davids Cathedral Pembrokeshire 80%
Tyntesfield Somerset 80%
Wimpole Hall Cambridgeshire 80%
Hampton Court Palace London 79%
Shugborough Estate Staffordshire 79%
Waddesdon Manor Buckinghamshire 79%
York Minster York 79%
Chatsworth, house & garden Derbyshire 78%
Dover Castle Kent 78%
Lyme Park Cheshire 78%
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway Devon 78%
Polesden Lacey Surrey 78%
Belton House Lincolnshire 77%
Chichester Cathedral West Sussex 77%
Ickworth House Suffolk 77%
Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire 76%
Cardiff Castle Cardiff 76%
Houses of Parliament London 76%
Kingston Lacy Estate Dorset 76%
Old Royal Naval College Greenwich London 76%
Ullswater Steamers Cumbria 76%
Stonehenge Wiltshire 75%
Windermere Lake Cruises Cumbria 75%
Dunham Massey Greater Manchester 74%
Leeds Castle Kent 74%
St Michael’s Mount Cornwall 74%
Bath Abbey Bath 73%
Bodleian Library Oxford 73%
Bury St Edmunds Abbey Suffolk 73%
Castle Howard Yorkshire 72%
Conwy Castle Conwy 72%
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh 72%
Scarborough Cliff Railway North Yorkshire 72%
Somerset House London 71%
Kensington Palace London 70%
Tatton Park Cheshire 70%
Bristol Cathedral Bristol 68%
Southend-on-Sea Pier Essex 67%
Caernarfon Castle Gwynedd 66%
Titanic Belfast Belfast 65%
Shakespeare’s Birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon 63%
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