According to Visit Britain website, there were 39.3 million tourism visits to the UK in the 12 months to October 2017. And with summer 2018 on the way, we can expect another rise in visitor numbers as people take advantage of the kinder climates during the hottest season.
The UK isn’t just a tourism magnet in terms of Europe, it is one of tourism’s global hot-spots. But why? In this blog, we take a look at how the UK has become the destination of choice for many and why you should visit Britain.
Going back to the Ancient Roman times, the UK has a rich history, and much of it has been documented in museums such as the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum in London – which are open to tourists throughout the year. There have been international wars, civil wars and industrial revolutions. With so many historical periods to learn about, maybe it isn’t surprising that tourists want to see the UK’s historical sites.
English is the third most spoken language in the world after Mandarin and Spanish, but it has assumed a position as the ‘international language’. You can hear English spoken by two people who have never even been to the UK before as a ‘neutral language’. This has happened due to English being a language of choice in songs and films in popular culture, as well as the language typically used in the world of business and finance. This widespread use of English as many people’s second language makes the UK a more tempting holiday destination.
This large, multicultural metropolis is the most popular UK city with tourists, and perhaps this is not surprising given that London is home to iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London. The city is also regarded as a global centre for finance, as well as fashion and music, giving it a status of being a global leader in the same bracket as New York, Paris or Los Angeles. With a large immigrant community, the number of London residents with relatives and friends visiting them from overseas can swell tourism numbers further.
Which are the UK’s most popular tourist destinations?
After London, Edinburgh is the next most visited city by tourists. Like London, it offers plenty of history, from Edinburgh Castle where the New Year’s Eve celebrations are famous, to the ‘mountain’ which overlooks the city: ‘Arthur’s Seat’. Edinburgh offers tourists a chance to see the country made popular in films such as Braveheart and Highlander. Manchester comes next, offering visitors the chance to soak in a city which has been made famous by its all-conquering football team, Manchester United, and a lively music scene which is responsible for influential acts such as The Stone Roses, Oasis and The Smiths. The city has undergone a major facelift in recent times, with the arrival of the BBC to the newly built Media City. After Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Liverpool take spots number four, five and six respectively.
Why visit Britain?
Due to its historical significance, widely used language and reputation as a cultural and financial centre, the UK appears likely to continue to be a tourist favourite. Its location – falling in between North America and Europe – is also an advantage. So while Brexit may have made the UK more isolated politically, its tourism sector means it can still be a ‘country of the world’.