A million more people visited Tate Modern in 2016 compared with the previous year.
More than 5.8 million people went to the London gallery in 2016, an increase of 24%, making it the third most visited attraction in the UK.
No doubt visitors were drawn to Tate Modern’s new 10-storey extension, the Switch House, which opened in June.
The British Museum was the most popular visitor attraction in Britain in 2016 for the 10th year running.
The figures come from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
Top 10 UK attractions:
|4.||Natural History Museum||4,624,113|
|8.||Victoria and Albert Museum||3,022,086|
|9.||Tower of London||2,741,126|
|10.||Royal Museums Greenwich||2,451,023|
The British Museum had more than 6.4 million visits – but that was a 5.9% drop on the previous year.
The top 10 most-visited attractions in the country were all in the capital. Seven of those saw a fall in numbers, including The Natural History Museum and the V&A, which both suffered a drop of 12%.
The overall visitor numbers for London attractions last year were level.
Bernard Donoghue, director of the ALVA, said terrorist attacks in European cities last year had made some people reluctant to visit major cities.
He told the Press Association: “There were some security fears about central London and city centre attractions, both on the part of overseas visitors and also UK domestic families.
“We did see a displacement out of central London for some people going to visitor attractions.”
In England, excluding London, there was an increase of 5.9%. Scotland enjoyed the highest increase with 15.6%, while Wales’s figures went up by 11%. Northern Ireland’s visitor figures increased by 7.6%.