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Tourism in the United Kingdom

Top 1 countries whose residents (including British and other nationals) provided the most visits to the UK (2016)[1]
Country Number
France France 4.06 million
United States United States 3.45 million
Germany Germany 3.34 million
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 2.89 million
Spain Spain 2.39 million
Netherlands Netherlands 2.06 million
Italy Italy 1.99 million
Poland Poland 1.92 million
Belgium Belgium 1.04 million
Australia Australia 0.98 million

The United Kingdom is the world's 6th biggest tourist destination, with over 40 million visiting in 2018. US$31.93 billion was spent in the UK by foreign tourists in 2017. VisitBritain data shows that the USA remains the most valuable inbound market, with American visitors spending £2.1 billion in 2010.[2] Nevertheless, the number of travellers originating from Europe is much larger than those travelling from North America: 21.5 million compared to 3.5 million American/Canadian visitors.[3]

The country's principal tourist destinations are in London, e.g. the Tower of London is one of the most visited attractions in the country.[4]

Domestic tourism

Domestic tourism remains the biggest component of tourist spending in the UK, with 2008 expenditures totalling £21,881 million, according to VisitBritain.[5] The national statistical agency also estimates that there were 126 million trips made in 2009.[5] The busiest period for domestic travel in the UK is during bank holidays and the summer months, with August being the busiest. There is a longstanding history in the UK of travel to coastal resorts such as Blackpool, Lancashire and Swansea, Wales, with many families staying at accommodation called holiday camps. This tradition has faded significantly due to competition from overseas package holiday operators, rising operational costs, and rapidly changing demand which forced many holiday camps to close in the 1980s and 1990s.

See also

For more information on tourism in the United Kingdom please see the articles for the constituent parts of the UK:


  1. ^ Overseas Residents Visits to the UK 2016
  2. ^ "Fears US Debt Crisis Will Hit UK Tourism". Sky News. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
  3. ^ "Office for National Statistics – Overseas residents' visits to the UK". Office for National Statistics. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  4. ^ []. Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b UK Tourist 2009 Archived 2015-02-17 at the Wayback Machine, VisitBritain, June 2011

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