How Hull's big attractions helped Yorkshire claim top tourism spot in 2017

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Aug 2018

A bumper year for the city's top tourist attractions helped Yorkshire record the highest increase in visitors of any English region during 2017.

The feelgood factor of being the UK's City of Culture saw record numbers of visitor figures flocking through the doors of Hull's main venues.

Now Visit England's annual attactions survey has revealed just how much Hull's year in the cultural spotlight boosted Yorkshire's tourism appeal.

According to the survey, Yorkshire's seven per cent increase in visitor numbers was the highest in the country.


Hull 2017 volunteers curate their own Ferens exhibition

Yorkshire also saw the highest increase in day trip visitors at nine per cent on 2016, as well as a seven per cent increase in spend at the county’s paid attractions.

Hull's Ferens Art Gallery was the third most popular free attraction in Yorkshire last year, pulling in 519,256 visitors.

The most popular was Sheffield's Millennium Gallery which just pipped the National Railway Museum in York.

Hull's Maritime Museum was in sixth spot with 347,962 visitors while the Streetlife Museum, the Hull and East Riding Museum and Wilberforce House were all in the Top 20 along with Beverley Minster.


Gentoo penguins at The Deep in Hull (Image: The Deep)

The Deep was ranked fourth in Yorkshire's paid attractions for visitor numbers.

The aquarium recorded 481,970 visitors in 2017 - a 12.9 per cent increase on the previous year.

Becky Leach, marketing and communications manager at The Deep in Hull said: "The Deep had a fantastic year in 2017.

"High levels of investment into the newly refurbished Lagoon of Light and the arrival of the Loggerhead sea turtles saw visitors flocking to the aquarium to explore."


Wilberforce's statue in Hull

The most popular paid-for attraction in Yorkshire last year was Flamingo Land followed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster and York Minster.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We are incredibly fortunate to have such a diverse range of leading world-class attractions throughout the county to suit all ages and interests.

"With something for everyone, Yorkshire is a must-visit destination for people all over the world."

Yorkshire's most visited free attractions in 2017

1. Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (723,128 visitors)

2. National Railway Museum, York (717,614)

3. Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (519,256)

4. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (493,997)

5. National Science and Media Museum, Bradford (493,482)

6. Maritime Museum, Hull (347,962)

7. Botanical Gardens, Sheffield (300,000 - estimate).

8. City Museum, Leeds (297,860)

9. Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds (268,029)

10. Weston Park, Sheffield (216,806)

Yorkshire's most visited paid attractions in 2017

1. Flamingo Land, Pickering (1,691,083)

2. Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster (792,053)

3. York Minster (691,716)

4. The Deep, Hull (481,970)

5. RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate (451,700)

6. Fountains Abbbey, Ripon (420,481)

7. Lotherton Hall and Gardens, Leeds (415,611)

8. Jorvik Viking Centre, York (328,243)

9. Nostell Priory, Wakefield (318,446)

10. Eureka! Museum, Halifax (303,545)



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