Posts Tagged ‘ British Museum ’

Tate Modern overtakes BM

Mar 27th, 2019 | By

In 2018, Tate Modern on the South Bank managed to usurp the BM as the most visited attraction in the UK.



The Leading Culture Destinations Awards,

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

The winners of the Leading Culture Destination 2017 awards have recently been announced.



Little Black Book to London

Dec 8th, 2016 | By

The low-down on where to eat, stay and play in London, this Yuletide



Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus rise from the seas

Apr 7th, 2016 | By

In May a new exhibition opens at the British Museum which tells the story of two lost cities of ancient Egypt, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus.



Visit England’s Hall of Fame

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

There are just another ten days to go if you want to submit entries for Visit England’s Hall of Fame. And so far there have been some tremendous suggestions so Just about Travel thought it would share some with you. Remember you get the chance to vote on which should actually enter the Hall of Fame when the shortlist opens for voting on April 23rd.



Saturday snippets: 8th March 2014

Mar 8th, 2014 | By

Adrian has been in Berlin this week at the largest travel show in the world. So there are stories about Egypt and Thailand as well as some German news. But the highlight of the week has to be National Astronomy Week. Or is the Barbie attraction in the Mall of America?



Nobody is gonna rain on my parade

May 30th, 2013 | By

The title of today’s story is the last line and a bit from a song in Funny Girl, a song made memorable by Barbara Streisand. And that’s how I feel about this week.



The impact of the blockbuster

Mar 13th, 2013 | By

Yesterday the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) released the figures of how many of us visited their members during 2012. As its name suggests, membership is among most but not all of the attractions that immediately spring to mind. And what they have found is that having headline grabbing exhibitions or changes is what seems to pull us in.



London can be good value

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

So London has been named the most expensive city for a night out, according to Trip Advisor’s TripIndex



British Museum Wins

Jun 17th, 2011 | By

Last night the British Museum won the Art Fund Prize of £100,000.
You will remember that there were three finalists apart from the BM; the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Polar Research Museum and the Roman Baths in Bath.



Final Four for the Art Fund Prize

May 20th, 2011 | By

Yesterday the judges announced which would be the final four museums left in the competition to win this year’s £100,000 prize.
They are the British Museum in London, the Polar Exploration Museum in Cambridge, the Roman Baths in Bath and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Rather than these museums being selected for being just what they are, they have gone through to the next round because they have created something which, in the view of the judges, is exceptional.



Love Your Museum Weekend 2011

Apr 27th, 2011 | By

Hot on the heels of the Easter weekend offerings comes another bank holiday weekend full of events. One linked set stands out. Readers will know that ten museums are competing against each other for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize. This coming weekend, is an event called Love Your museum where all ten will throw open their doors with the deliberate intention of persuading you to vote for them. Most will have additional and free events to “help” persuade you. To remind you of the ten.



Banksy in Bristol

Apr 9th, 2010 | By

Some may find this hard to believe but the Banksy exhibition last year in Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery made it into the top 30 exhibitions visited anywhere in the world.
That isn’t to belittle Bristol but to show what an achievement it was. It was up against capital cities with vastly bigger populations from which to draw visitors. In fact only one other exhibition in the UK drew more visitors, one on Chinese new art which was held at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Greater London’s population is about twenty times more than that of Bristol yet the Chinese exhibition attracted only about 280 more visitors per day than the Banksy one. And because of the nature of Banksy’s work, the exhibition couldn’t be publicised in advance.



Britain’s Attractions in 2009

Mar 9th, 2010 | By

The figures for what we visited last year have been released by ALVA, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Between their 42 members, they are responsible for nearly 1,600 different attractions. But not every attraction is a member and not every member provides figures so there could be more popular places around.
Last year more of us visited their attractions than ever before. The figures were up by nearly 11% over 2009 which may not be that surprising given that 2009 was a year when more of us holidayed at home.
Rather obviously, those that didn’t make an entry charge filled the top 5 positions with the British Museum being the leading attraction in the country with over 5.5 million visits.



What Do Visitors Want to See in the UK?

Sep 18th, 2009 | By

Two recent surveys, one by Visit England and the other by the foreign exchange bureaux company, First Rate both claim to be able to reveal what visitors to our shores want to see. Unfortunately the two say different things. the findings from Visit England are based on visitor entry numbers and since places like Trafalgar Square and Tower Bridge are free to walk around (unless you want to go into Tower Bridge), visits aren’t counted.



Britain’s Biggest Tourist Attractions

Mar 9th, 2009 | By

Unlike my blog of Saturday about AOL, this list of the biggest UK tourist attractions is based on substance and fact. This is a list of those attractions who draw the biggest amount of visitors. So the voting panel is not one but millions. And to be fair, it includes only those places that are members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. ( for the full list see www.alva.org.uk/visitor_statistics) So which place came first?The British Museum had nearly 6 million visitors, up 9.5% on
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