Britain’s top 10 least-visited tourist attractions revealed

A Chartist cottage in Worcestershire is England’s least-visited tourist attraction. Just 61 people visited Rosedene, near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire last year.

Infrequent: St Andrew’s Church, County Durham saw only 97 people in 2014

This was the lowest total of any attraction that responded to Visit England’s annual survey.

The National Trust1 describes it as: “a truly unique opportunity to step back in time and experience staying in one of the few remaining Chartist cottages in the UK.”

Rare: The Straw Museum, Norfolk, also only had 97 people come say hello

Chartism was a movement in the Victorian times that demanded changes to the electoral system. However, there are a number of reasons why Rosedene is at the bottom of the list.

Unattractive: Owston Ferry Smithy and Museum is one of the top ten least popular attractions

It’s only possible to look round Rosedene by guided tour on the first Sunday of the month, between March and December. Looking round the house is not free either.

Exterior: The exterior of the Owston Ferry Smithy and Museum

The tiny size of the cottage means only 12 people can squeeze in at a time, and you have to book in advance. Responding to Visit England’s survey is also not compulsory, which means it’s possible there are other remote attractions that had even fewer visitors that are not on the list.

Unloved: Radar Tower Beacon Hill Fort, Essex, had few visitors

Other relatively overlooked attractions around the country include the Straw Museum in Norfolk, St Andrew’s church in County Durham and the British in India Museum in Lancashire. The four most popular things to do in England were all in London.

Concrete: Beacon Hill Fort is just east of Colchester

The British Museum2 was the number one attraction on the list, with 6.7m visitors last year. The National Gallery, the Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum were next, with Brighton Pier completing the top five.

DATA, TOP 10 LEAST-VISITED ATTRACTIONS IN ENGLAND

Attraction- 2014 visitor numbers

  1. Rosedene, Worcestershire – 61
  2. St Andrew’s Church, County Durham – 97
  3. The Straw Museum, Norfolk – 97
  4. British in India Museum, Lancashire – 98
  5. Sir William Turner Alms Houses, Tees Valley – 100
  6. The Priory Centre, Lincolnshire – 100
  7. North Ings Farm Museum, Lincolnshire – 106
  8. Owston Ferry Smithy and Museum, Lincolnshire – 134
  9. The Old Smithy & Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire – 134
  10. Radar Tower (Beacon Hill Fort), Essex – 157

References

  1. ^ The National Trust (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ The British Museum (www.mirror.co.uk)

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