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Scottish attractions see visitor numbers rise 17%

by Staff

Visitor numbers to Scottish tourist attractions were up 17.2% last year, despite cost of living and inflationary pressures.

Attractions across the country recorded 48,685,638 visits last year, an increase of 7,133,336 on 2022, as the sector saw numbers return to pre-Covid levels.

Data from the Moffat Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) shows free attractions racked up 30,605,269 visits – up 4,354,960 on the previous year.

Edinburgh Castle remained in the top spot as Scotland’s most popular paid-for attraction, with visitor numbers increasing 41.5% to 1,904,723.

The National Museum of Scotland remains the number one free attraction, with numbers increasing 10.8% to 2,186,841.

The National Galleries of Scotland recorded a 43.8% increase to 1,836,057, while St Giles Cathedral – up 37.6% to 1,473,211 – and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – up 32.2% to 1,283,882 – also had a busy year.

The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, which hosted Banksy’s first exhibition in 14 years, recorded a 60.4% increase in visitors to 510,936, while The Royal Yacht Britannia saw visitor numbers jump 51.1% to 361,175.

Chris Greenwood, senior research fellow at The Moffat Centre, said: “Despite many headwinds experienced by businesses and consumers, visitor numbers have been robust.

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