chapter  17
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Which way for tourist attractions?

Within this definition, the UK had an estimated 6164 attractions in 1998, drawing around 400 million recorded visits per annum. Only 7% of all attractions (428), however, including those that are free, achieved over 200 000 visits per annum. Between them they achieved just over 225 million visits or 57% of all recorded visits in 1998. The 428 comprised 111 country parks, 73 museums or galleries, 60 historic properties, 40 leisure parks, 31 wildlife attractions, 16 gardens, 10 visitor centres and 87 'other'. These attractions draw on an audience of UK and overseas staying tourists but the bulk of all visits are day visits from home in leisure time.