Top 10 Most Popular Attractions In London Based on Number of Visitors

We take a look at The Top Ten London Attractions based on visitor numbers. These attractions are free to enter for eight of the ten listed.

Top 10 Most Popular Attractions In London Based on Number of Visitors

London is the UK's most visited and largest city . It offers many attractions.

We take a look at The Top Ten London Attractions based on visitor numbers. These attractions are free to enter for eight of the ten listed.

1. British Museum

The British Museum has just over seven million visitors annually and is the fifth most visited museum worldwide, surpassing the Louvre in Paris.

The British Museum is located in Central London's Bloomsbury neighborhood, near Russell Square. The British Museum is free and open to all. It houses some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in the world. It exhibits a variety of artifacts that depict human history, art, and culture. These include the Elgin Marbles and Rosetta Stone from Athens Parthenon. As is the neoclassical, round Reading Room, the glass ceiling in the central hall is an amazing sight.

The museum is located in the heart of London, but it's still close enough to the hustle and bustle of the city. It's only a short walk from the British Museum to the likes of Oxford Street and Soho.

2. The National Gallery

The north end, at Trafalgar Square, is where the National Gallery can be found. This is one of the most desirable positions in the capital. The gallery was built in 1824 and is home to one of the most valuable collections of paintings. The National Gallery in London, unlike its contemporaries in France and Spain, is open to all.

The National Gallery has over six million visitors each year and is the fifth most popular art gallery worldwide. The National Gallery is not rated for its size but for the quality and quantity of its European painting collections. Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh; The Haywain by John Constable; and the Bathers in Asnieres by George Seurat are some of the masterpieces displayed.

3. Tate Modern

Entry is free at London's third-most popular attraction. The Tate Modern, the UK's leading gallery for contemporary and modern art, is situated in an old power station on the Southbank of the Thames. The Tate Modern, despite being less than 20 years old is still the most visited modern art gallery with more than five and a quarter million visitors annually.

It's a highlight to change large temporary exhibitions within the Turbine hall, which in the past have included Carsten Holler’s specially commissioned Test Site. Visitors could also enjoy a large slide. Highlights of permanent include Nude Woman and Necklace by Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Diptych from Andy Warhol, Mountain Lake by Salvador Dali.

4. Natural History Museum

South Kensington is home to the Science and Victoria & Albert museums, making it the most visited museum for nature history in Europe. The Natural History Museum, like all other national museums in the UK, is open to all. The building is as impressive as the endless displays of natural history for many of its 4.5 million annual visitors.

Highlights include the annual Wildlife Photographer-of-the Year exhibit. The Hintze Hall foyer was home to 'dippy,' a reproduction cast diplodocus skull, for almost 40 years. It is now home the Blue Whale Skeleton, which weighs five tonnes.

5. Somerset House

Somerset House can be found near Aldwych, on the northern banks the Thames. This 18th-century Neoclassical Building is a Centre for Visual Arts. It is well-known for its outdoor ice skating rink in winter and water feature in summer. Sometimes, the courtyard can be used for concerts outdoors.

Somerset House is a frequent film location used for major blockbusters. Certainly some of the 3.5M annual visits can be attributed to this. The films include Love Actually, Tomorrow Never Dies and Sleepy Hollow. General admission to the museum is free.

6. Science Museum

The Science Museum is located next to the Natural History Museum. While it may make sense to try both in one day, each takes up a full day. Each year, the Science Museums welcomes more than three million visitors through its doors. General admission to the museum is free.

Visitors with small children might want to pay extra to enter the Wunderlab exhibit, or to view a presentation at the IMAX. Families love the interactive human biology display. The history of modern transport, from steam engines to Concorde, is another highlight.

7. Victoria and Albert Museum V&A

Visitors with young children often overlook the Science and Natural History. However, three million additional visitors make their way here every year. In that it houses the largest collection of decorative arts and design in the world, the Victoria and Albert Museum is truly unique.

The museum examines the changing attitudes towards architecture, fashion, and design. It includes everything from medieval art and design to modernism, including Renaissance, Art Nouevau, and Art Deco. General admission is again free.

8. Tower of London

The Tower of London is an iconic landmark and a unique attraction in the capital. The Tower of London is the first attraction on our list to have a fee. A family of four can expect to pay around PS50 for entry. It is still one of London's most popular attractions.

The stunning Crown Jewels (expect a queue), the Beefeater Guards and the Ravens are just a few of the many events that make this place worth every penny. For almost 1000 years , this fortification was located outside of the city. The chilling story of the Princes in Tower is also available.

9. National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, another free-to-enter art gallery celebrates some of the greatest British historians. This museum is located just a few steps from Leicester Square and is the first of its type.

Some of the most famous paintings include Shakespeare by Chandos, which is one of the first to be included in the collection. The gallery is dedicated to the sitter who was before the painter. Therefore, paintings are arranged chronologically by regency era starting with Tudor patronages and ending with modern times.

10. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens

The farthest from town is the tenth most visited attraction in London. It's located in Richmond, Zone 3. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew are among the most well-known and oldest of such gardens.

This UNESCO website also houses the largest collection of plants in the world, covering 300 acres. You can enjoy a quiet day away from central London by taking the Treetop Walkway or the Kew Explorer Trail.

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