Top UK Visitor Attractions – latest figures show that Westminster Abbey has shot up the list of the most visited attractions in the UK.
The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has released the figures for 2011 and the increased focus on the Abbey from last year’s Royal Wedding is thought to be largely responsible for the figure of 1.9 m visitors, up 36% on the previous year’s total and enough to push it into the Top 10 UK Visitor Attractions for the very first time.
In contrast to Westminster Abbey’s successful visitor year St Paul’s Cathedral saw a drop in visitors as the Occupy
protesters put off a lot of tourists from visiting.
For the 5th year running the British Museum was the top visitor attraction in the uK with just under 6m people going there during 2011.
The National Gallery came in behind the British Museum in 2nd place with the numbers boosted by the tremendously popular Leonardo exhibition which opened in November.
Many of the attractions on the list had their numbers boosted by tv and film with the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich still seeing increased visitor numbers after Johnny Depp
filmed there for PIrates of the Caribbean and it also featured in the Iron Lady.
The Top 20 UK Visitor Attractions for 2011 are:
- British Museum
- National Gallery
- Tate Modern
- Natural History Museum
- Science Museum
- Tower of London
- Westminster Abbey
- National Portrait Gallery
- St Paul’s Cathedral
- Old Royal Naval College Greenwich
- National Museum of Scotland
- Tate Britain
- British Library
- Chester Zoo
- Edinburgh Castle
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath
- London Zoo
Nancy Shevell at Paris Fashion Week
– the new Mrs McCartney and husband Sir Paul were on the front row of Stella McCartney’s
Paris Fashion Week show.
The designer picked up plenty of positive comments for her light, fun A/W 12 collection. There were plenty of different things to keep your eye on with grey, blue and fuschia pink colouring and big coats, knits and mini dresses all on view.
Joining Sir Paul and Nancy
on the front row at Stella’s Paris show were Alicia Keys and Salma Hayek. Models at the show included Natalia Vodianova and Karlie Kloss.
We are not sure if Nancy gave her new step-mum a preview of the collection but she was seen on the front row in a hot pink shift dress that matched the colour of some of Stella’s collection. She matched the outfit with some snakeskin print heels.
Talking of her new collection Stella said: ”It’s English countryside meets urban energy, colour and shine.”It was very much the country girl discovering the urban edge. I tried mix the two worlds together but in an unexpected way.”It is a busy time for Stella, as well as her Paris Fashion show she is also opening a new shop in Brompton Cross later this week.