Boost in Stonehenge visitor numbers

Stonehenge from above (Andre Pattenden)

6:09am 4th August 2017

More people than ever before are visiting Stonehenge it seems - making it one of the country's biggest tourist attractions.

1,381,855 people visited our stone circle during 2016, which is up 1.1% on the previous year.

That makes it the 7th most visited paid for attraction in the UK, with more tourists than places like London Zoo, the Eden Project and the Houses of Parliament.

The rundown's been released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and Visit Britain.

When taking all the free of charge places into account as well, Stonehenge is ranked 22nd on the list.

Stonehenge Visitor Centre (English Heritage) (1)

The visitor centre at Stonehenge

There are a few other local attractions in the top 100 too:

  • Number 47 - Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood - 735,651 visitors
  • Number 82 - Stourhead, Mere (pictured below) - 403, 347 visitors
  • Number 97 - Beaulieu, Hampshire - 336,833 visitors

Stourhead (National Trust)

Salisbury's MP John Glen is the Government's Tourism Minister - he said:

"We have an amazing range of world-class attractions in England that draw in millions of visitors every year. Whether it is our unique historic buildings, internationally important museums or stunning gardens, there is a huge amount to see and do.

"Ensuring that all parts of the country benefit from our tourism industry is a key government priority so it is fantastic to see such growth across the regions."

Across all attractions in the UK, visitors numbers are up 2% compared to 2015.

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