Merseyside dominates visitor attraction top 10

Liverpool city region venues take up six of the top 10 most popular North West visitor attractions, according to new figures. Tony McDonough reports

World Museum
World Museum in William Brown Street, operated by National Museums Liverpool


Liverpool city region visitor attractions have taken up six of the top 10 places for the most popular North West visitor attractions in 2022.

According to the latest research from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), Liverpool city region venues are attracting millions of visitors each year. Local attractions occupy the first three in the top 10.

They are the World Museum in William Brown Street, the Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront and Knowsley Safari & Knowsley Hall.

Other Merseyside venues on the list are the Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and Tate Liverpool which are all on the Royal Albert Dock.

Four of the six are operated by National Museums Liverpool. It says it welcomed almost 2.5m to its locations around Merseyside in 2022. It anticipates further growth this year due to Eurovision and a number of special exhibitions.

Laura Pye, director at National Museums Liverpool, said: “We’re proud to look after some of the most visited museums and art galleries outside of London.

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“Our venues attracted more than double the number of visitors in 2022, compared to the previous year. We weren’t back to pre-pandemic levels – but the start of 2023 is already seeing further uplift.

“This year has brought another boost, as we prepare to welcome thousands of international visitors when the Eurovision limelight shines across the Liverpool region. 


Knowsley Safari
Knowsley Safari is home to more than 750 animals, including baboons, as is in the top 10


“Our team is busy launching some exciting new exhibitions and special events across our venues – including a programme of live music sessions and activity inspired by Eurovision.”

These include an Augmented Reality (AR) walk of fame and a large-scale interactive piano on the steps of the Museum of Liverpool, a series of Museums Sessions Lives showcasing a diverse line up of musical talent.

According to ALVA, the North West top 10 for 2022 was:

  1. World Museum (National Museums Liverpool)
  2. Museum of Liverpool (National Museums Liverpool)
  3. Knowsley Safari & Knowsley Hall
  4. Dunham Massey
  5. Maritime Museum (National Museums Liverpool)
  6. RHS Garden Bridgewater
  7. Delamere Forest
  8. Tate Liverpool
  9. Science and Industry Museum
  10. International Slavery Museum (National Museums Liverpool)

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