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The 10 most popular attractions in the UK revealed – and they're all in London!

Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
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The British Museum has been named as the most popular UK attraction for the 10th year in a row, with over 6.4 million visitors passing through its doors in 2016. The iconic museum topped the list released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (AVLA), which also showed that the ten most visited UK attractions are all located in London.

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Following closely in second place was the National Gallery, which is home to some of the most famous paintings in the world, then the Tate Modern, which unveiled a new ten-story extension in June. The Duchess of Cambridge's favourite London landmark, the Natural History Museum, came in fourth place, while the Southbank Centre rounded off the top five with 3.9 million visitors in 2016.

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The British Museum has been named the UK's most popular tourist attraction

Although the top ten most visited attractions were all in the capital, other popular tourist destinations such as Chester Zoo, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and Scottish National Gallery all made the top 20 after attracting close to two million visitors each over the last year. Read on for the full list – have you visited any of these attractions?

  1. The British Museum – 6.42 million

  2. National Gallery – 6.236 million

  3. Tate Modern – 5.4 million

  4. Natural History Museum – 4.62 million

  5. Southbank Centre – 3.9 million

  6. Somerset House – 3.44 million

  7. Science Museum – 3.24 million

  8. V&A Museum – 3.02 million

  9. Tower of London – 2.74 million

  10. Royal Museums Greenwich – 2.45 million

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The National Gallery is second on the list

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11. National Portrait Gallery – 1.95 million

12. Chester Zoo – 1.9 million

13. Kew Gardens – 1.83 million

14. Westminster Abbey – 1.82 million

15. National Museum of Scotland – 1.81 million

16. Edinburgh Castle – 1.78 million

17. Royal Albert Hall – 1.66 million

18. Scottish National Gallery – 1.54 million

19. St Paul's Cathedral – 1.52 million

20. British Library – 1.5 million

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