Figures from 2014 show a record number of visitors attended UK tourist attractions last year. Throughout the year more that 123 million people passed through the doors of British attractions.
The 6.5% increase is attributed to the likes of The Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which marked the centenary of the First World War. Numbers also swelled due to the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow and Tate Modern’s Matisse exhibition, which saw a staggering 5.7 million visitors.
This is big news for us here at Mather & Co. We’ve designed some of the biggest exhibition spaces in the country. Our work includes Manchester attraction, The National Football Museum, which had 100,000 visitors within the first six weeks and celebrated its 1,000,000th visitor in October last year. Archives+ at Manchester Central library, saw 2,000 visitors within the first three hours of opening, and expects to hit 2,000,000 in its first year alone. Meanwhile Coronation Street The Tour saw 350,000 visitors walk the iconic cobbled streets in the first six months, and is set to reach 650,000 in its opening year.
The success of Mather & Co. isn’t just confined to the UK- exhibits such as Cape Town’s Springbok Experience dwarfed its previous year’s figures in the first 12 months of opening. Annual visitor numbers went from 2,500 to 41,000 following the re-design by Mather & Co.
In a survey by The Telegraph, The British Museum and Tower of London tied for first place as Britain’s Best Attraction. This is no surprise, as for the eighth year running, The British Museum was the UK’s most visited, seeing attendance of 6.7 million people.
So it was a great year of UK attractions in 2014 and we’re hoping that 2015 will be even better.