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British Cities with the Most Tourists

Can you name the cities and towns in the United Kingdom that receive the greatest number of international visitors?
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# Visits
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18,851 k
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1,543 k
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1,152 k
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1,107 k
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662 k
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601 k
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535 k
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526 k
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457 k
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430 k
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# Visits
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358 k
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323 k
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316 k
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300 k
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263 k
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257 k
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240 k
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236 k
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217 k
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204 k
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level 34
Oct 16, 2016
No Blackpool? Interesting list, did not expect so many Scottish cities/towns!
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level 69
Jul 16, 2017
Lots of British people go there but few international tourists. If we want to go the beach, we tend to go where there is actually some sun.
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level 43
Jul 19, 2017
Wouldn't the British tourists visiting Scotland be left out though as it says greatest number of international tourists?
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level 31
Jul 21, 2017
Some sun? You're not going to get that much more sun down south compared to Blackpool!..I expected Blackpool to be here as well
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level 70
May 20, 2017
No Huddersfield, Hull or Middlesborough? Just joking but thought Dover might be on there with people taking boats across from Calais in France.
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level 50
Jul 17, 2017
People generally just bypass Dover. They aren't missing much, it's a real dump!
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level 66
May 20, 2017
British or UK cities? There's a difference.
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level 70
May 21, 2017
The source is a UK-government-funded one called VisitBritain that incorporates Northern Irish data into its stats. I would suggest you argue with them.
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level 67
May 21, 2017
British is commonly (and officially) used as adjective for the whole UK.
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level 68
May 21, 2017
In this quiz, there isn't a difference, because no Northern Irish cities appear in the list anyway. But if Belfast, Londonderry etc were eligible, then "UK" would be more accurate than "British" here.
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level 69
Jul 18, 2017
'British' is a word used to mean 'from the UK'. A person from the UK is British, not 'United Kingdomish'. Same principle.
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level 68
Jul 18, 2017
A person from Northern Ireland can be British or Irish (or both). It's all in the Good Friday Agreement
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level 43
Jul 19, 2017
The description specifies United Kingdom. Cities in Northern Ireland can still be called British even though they're not technically in Britain. British = from the UK.
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level 64
May 21, 2017
Why on earth are people visiting reading?
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level 65
May 21, 2017
The Reading festival is a big part of it I guess
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level 65
May 21, 2017
I know that most people just pass through there, but Dover should probably be on there too.
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level 70
May 22, 2017
Dover appears further down the stats. The majority of people don't actually pass through Dover on entry - the Channel Tunnel route just skims the town, and goes on to Folkestone, so rail and car passengers can't really be counted as visiting.
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level 55
May 21, 2017
What ? Isn't llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in there ??
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level 74
May 21, 2017
I think you spelled that wrong.
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level 62
May 27, 2017
No, thats right. It should definitely be here
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level 69
Jul 16, 2017
No, he spelled it perfectly right.
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level 59
Jul 16, 2017
Welsh Wheel of Fortune must be fun.
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level 58
Jul 17, 2017
That made me laugh out loud. Thank you
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level 68
May 21, 2017
I wonder how they work this out? International tourists is easy because they are counted at the border, but no-one "checks-in" and "checks-out" of individual cities like this. Haworth in Yorkshire has heaps of foreign tourists (it's near Wuthering Heights of Bronte sisters fame), and how about Dover, where lots of people enter the UK?
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level 59
Jul 16, 2017
Very difficult, for sure. Even places that have a hotel registry system - with a bed tax for international tourists, for example - still miss daytrippers, which many of these places and others would get lots of.
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level 69
Jul 16, 2017
For Haworth, it's a little bit like Stratford or Canterbury. A lot of people go there, but it seems a bigger crowd than it actually is because of the comparatively small scale of the towns. But I agree with you on Dover, tried it along with Folkestone and Grimsby because those three towns are the entry point of the bulk of Northern European tourists in Great Britain.
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level 68
Jul 16, 2017
Reading? Why?
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level 38
Jul 16, 2017
Reading is a good way to gain knowledge. We should all read a book sometime.
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level 68
Jul 16, 2017
The answer to some of these comments would seem to be that they are not 'cities' e.g. Dover or Stratford-on Avon are not cities.
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level 59
Jul 16, 2017
Neither is Reading but it's there.
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level 55
Jul 18, 2017
... but the quiz asks for cities or towns.
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level 61
Jul 16, 2017
Westminster is technically a city - surely that makes the list?
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level 68
Jul 18, 2017
Maybe at the expense of London? Would be interested how many actually visited the City of London - suspect it'd still be second, but behind Westminster
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level 29
Jul 16, 2017
Why is Stratford-upon-Avon not on this list ? Whenever I go there every other person is a foreign tourist with a camera !
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level 29
Jul 16, 2017
I know it is not a city !! but the Q says "towns & cities"
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level 50
Jul 17, 2017
Surprised that Southampton gets more international tourists than Pompey, considering that Portsmouth has the historic naval docks and are well worth a visit (while there's nothing of that level of tourist attraction in Soton).
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level 35
Jul 17, 2017
Cruise ships?
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level 47
Jul 17, 2017
No Swindon? Oh, I can only hope...
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level 46
Jul 18, 2017
Swindon does get loads of international visitors - it's just that they are all on their way to Bath
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level 68
Jul 18, 2017
I did try Swindon before Reading - both admittedly out of desperation; imagine my surprise ...
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level 26
Jul 18, 2017
No Belfast?
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level 72
Jul 27, 2017
I'm American and scored 18/20 - I can live with that, but missed one I should have gotten.
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level 51
Jul 30, 2017
Reading? WTF? N Stratford upon Avon? Hmmm, seems a bit dodgy. And Birmingham? Why would tourists go there too?
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level 43
Sep 15, 2017
NEC and the ICC and Symphony Hall. There is way more to see in Birmingham anyway than one might suppose - and for a major city, it is very compact with everything in walking distance. Communications to and from the airport are by far the best in the whole UK
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