Cultural Centres in the North see impressive visitor growth


In the latest figures released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, some of the major Northern Powerhouse visitor attractions and cultural centres have reported impressive growth in visitor numbers in 2016.

Large rises in visitors have been reported by Chester Zoo (up by 204,000 visits over 2015), Merseyside Maritime Museum (178,000 increase over 2015), Locomotion in County Durham (70,000 increase), Museum of Liverpool (up 55,000), Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire (up 43,000), and Walker Art Gallery (up 49,000). Others have seen visitor numbers fall, including the National Football Museum in Manchester.


                                    Dunham Massey

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                           National Football Museum


Chester Zoo remains by far the most popular attraction in the region, and is the most visited zoo in the UK. A range of historical houses, galleries, and museums then follow across all parts of the North.


The top 20 visitor facilities in the North

  1. Chester Zoo                              Cheshire     1,898,059
  2. Merseyside Maritime Museum Liverpool     840,675
  3. Museum of Liverpool                Liverpool      802,722
  4. National Railway Museum        York             733,266
  5. World Museum                          Liverpool      671,171
  6. Museum of Science &Industry Manchester 651,473
  7. Tate Liverpool                            Liverpool      638,554
  8. York Minster                              York               610,159
  9. National Football Museum       Manchester 574,000
  10. National Media Museum          Bradford      415,891
  11. Fountains Abbey Estate          Yorkshire      414,721
  12. International Slavery Museum Liverpool     382,757
  13. Walker Art Gallery                    Liverpool      289,515
  14. Dunham Massey                      Cheshire       286,596
  15. IWM North                                Salford          281,919
  16. Castle Howard                         Yorkshire      270,680
  17. Locomotion                              Co Durham  236,902
  18. Lady Lever Art Gallery            Wirral           229,577
  19. Cragside Estate                       Northumb    227,062
  20. Wallington                                Northumb    225,197


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National Railway Museum, York