ALMOST all of Britain’s top 20 tourist attractions including galleries, museums and venues have reopened following months of lockdown.
They were allowed to open their doors on the 4th July but many waited to ensure booking systems and social distancing measures were in place before they let the public back in.
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The British Museum, which took the number one tourist spot in 2019, reopened ahead of the Bank Holiday, 27th August. Tickets are on sale for its two newest exhibitions Tantra: enlightenment to revolution and Arctic: Culture and Climate.
Despite the reopenings footfall has been low as many Brits have chosen to stay away from city centres and spend their freetime outdoors.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council the UK is losing £60 million a day due to the collapse of international travel. Figures for 2019 show that tourism made up £200 billion of the GDP – 9 per cent of the economy.
The nation’s top attractions which have reopened
1. British Museum
2. Tate Modern
3. The National Gallery
4. National History Museum (South Kensington)
5. Southbank Centre
6. V&A South Kensington
7. Science Museum
8. Tower of London
9. Royal Museums Greenwich
10. Somerset House
11. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
12. National Museum of Scotland
13. Edinburgh Castle
14. Chester Zoo
15. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
16. Tate Britain
17. Royal Albert Hall (opens at Christmas)
18. St Paul’s Cathedral
19. National Portrait Gallery London (closed until 2023 for renovations)
*List complied by ALVA 2019