U.K. Cities With the Most Tourists

Can you name the cities in the United Kingdom that receive the most overseas visitors?
For 2018. Visitors who spend at least one night in the city.
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Last updated: November 10, 2019
First submittedSeptember 5, 2018
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# Visitors
City
19.1 mil
London
2.36 mil
Edinburgh
1.41 mil
Manchester
1.10 mil
Birmingham
837,000
Glasgow
803,000
Liverpool
598,000
Bristol
547,000
Cambridge
# Visitors
City
526,000
Oxford
459,000
Brighton and Hove
348,000
Bath
344,000
Leeds
342,000
Cardiff
313,000
Inverness
278,000
York
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2019
Brilliant! As a brit I was surprised how highly Inverness ranked, but I thoroughly enjoyed the quiz regardless :)
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Level 77
Nov 10, 2019
What are they even doing up there?
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2019
Perhaps they landed in England, were looking for Edinburgh and ended up going too far?
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Level 73
Nov 11, 2019
The highlands. Loch Ness, whiskey distillery tours, hiking, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorns etc, etc, etc. Why would you not want to go to Inverness? A better question would be why people would visit Leeds or Manchester or Liverpool . . .
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Level 38
Nov 11, 2019
haha what do you mean? its situated in the most beautiful area of Britain by far: the Highlands.
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Level 50
Nov 11, 2019
Manchester - birthplace of Industrial Revolution, Communism, computer, graphene, the railway (with Liverpool), Rolls Royce and atomic theory, as well as two of the worlds most famous football clubs. Liverpool - docks which were hugely significant in slave trade and Beatles. Leeds - Corn Exchange and Victoria Quarter. Honestly if people went beyond Stratford there's lots to see, too many southern snobs
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Level 46
Jan 24, 2020
I live in Inverness, quite honestly why would you want to live anywhere else. A small but vibrant city with unbelievable scenery only minutes away. If they would stop turning everything into hotels though that would be grand.
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Level 72
Jan 24, 2020
Inverness is beautiful and the nearest major city to the Isle of Skye, and sights mentioned by other users.
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2020
Well that told me
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Level 83
Nov 11, 2019
Capital of the Scottish highlands. We want to see the highlands.
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Level 81
Nov 10, 2019
What did I miss in Manchester and Birmingham?
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2019
They're the big cities with airports and traffic. Birmingham also has the NEC with lots of events and conventions which may have propped numbers up.
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Level 76
Nov 10, 2019
These are overnight visitors, not just sightseeing tourists but including football fans, businessmen, congresses etc
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Level 60
Nov 10, 2019
Im surprised to not see Belfast, guess nobody be going to Northern Ireland
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2019
I was surprised as well
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Level 73
Nov 12, 2019
I was in Belfast quite recently. Went to the castle, which was closed in the middle of the day. Wondered about this out loud and some locals said that "they haven't gotten used to the idea that people come here now". Referring to the whole city. Pretty much only the Titanic Quarter was full and apparently most tourists just go to see the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede, some whiskey place and GoT tours. Don't even need to stay in Belfast for that.
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Level 79
Jan 24, 2020
I have several friends who've visited Belfast. Don't think I know anybody who has been to some of these other places.
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Level 53
Jan 24, 2020
Because nobody likes us here :)
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Level 50
Jan 24, 2020
I was surprised, but I believe it may be due to people not necessarily staying in Belfast. For example, it is an easy day trip from Dublin, and perhaps lots of its visitors are doing this.
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Level 74
Nov 11, 2019
No Hull? Or Scunthorpe?
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Level 46
Nov 11, 2019
Who'd want to go there?
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Level 59
Nov 11, 2019
Not sure why anyone would want to go to Scunthorpe especially, and it isn't even a city. Hull isn't that big, is quite poor and as far as I know doesn't have many significant attractions except for a bridge.
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Level 57
Jan 24, 2020
Akula wasn't being serious!
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Level 60
Jan 24, 2020
What about the astoundingly beautiful city of Coventry?
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Level 68
Nov 11, 2019
Edinburgh is dying from overtourism.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2020
Was that meant like a Yogi Bera quote? Like "no one goes there any more, it's too crowded"
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Level 68
Nov 22, 2019
If the "spending a night" caveat were not included, I would think Dover in the top few.
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Level 58
Jan 24, 2020
If that wasn't there, then Westminster would be second for sure.
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Level 19
Nov 24, 2019
oh you commented me! xD
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Level 44
Dec 30, 2019
Yep.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2020
Um, what?
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Level 44
Jan 24, 2020
I commented him on another quiz.
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2020
Surprised not to see Salisbury listed here. My good friends Sergei and Yulia Skripal tell me it's very popular with well-built Russian tourists keen to see the 123m cathedral spire.
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Level 55
Jan 24, 2020
I know that it is an overseas territory, but does Gibraltar not count as a city in the UK?
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2020
No, because it is a department of cyprus, not a sovereign territory.
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Level 43
May 26, 2020
It’s a territory that borders Spain and has nothing to do with Cyprus.
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Level 50
Jan 24, 2020
It's not a department of Cyprus, I think you may be confusing Gibraltar with the UK military bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Gibraltar, is however an overseas territory, and probably not included for that reason.
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2020
Brighton what? Im sure Im missing something obvious there. Expected newcastle, since it gets mentioned often and stratford-upon-avon becauseof Shakespeare.
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Level 72
Jan 24, 2020
This looks pretty touristy to me. "Brighton is a seaside resort" are the first words in the Wikipedia article.
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Level 78
Jan 24, 2020
American here who was happy to get them all. Maybe someday I'll be able to visit them in person.
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Level 55
Jan 24, 2020
Why on earth would anyone want to visit Birmingham or Leeds???
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Level 50
Jan 24, 2020
This was addressed above.
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Level 43
May 26, 2020
They are big cities so a lot of people go there for various reasons.
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Level 45
Jan 24, 2020
No Newcastle? I’m devastated! ;) It’s well worth a look, there’s all the bridges over the Tyne, Chinatown, St James’s Park, two science museums (one has a skating rink every winter), Metrocentre for shopping, the Theatre Royal, and quite a few decent bands come and play at the Sage nowadays. My home area though so I always lift it up :) Nice quiz, some unexpected ones on here!
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2020
I suspect airports make a difference. There are plenty of places not listed (Salisbury, Chester, Lincoln off the top of my head) that are worth a day trip - I'll add Coventry, but only for a day...
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Level 74
Jan 26, 2020
Should there be the standard disclaimer of “no overseas territories?” Otherwise what about Hamilton, George Town, Grace Bay, Tortola, etc.?
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Level 58
Jan 28, 2020
I'm a bit sad Durham wasn't on this list. It has one of the best cathedrals in Europe (UNESCO listed) and is a lovely little city. It's also on the train line from London to Edinburgh; well worth a stop off.
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Level 53
Apr 9, 2020
Why is this quiz not featured anymore?
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2020
See New and Reset. It appears this quiz was featured a while ago despite there already being a featured quiz which was near identical. With thousands of featured quizzes there's bound to be a few duplicates lingering around!
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Level 50
Apr 29, 2020
I think that happened for this reason: The keywords in the search bar "UK or United Kingdom" were used for the people who wanted to take a quiz relating to the UK. The other quiz, British Cities With the Most Tourists, uses a less common keyword, British, which is probably the reason that the copy went unnoticed.
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Level 44
Apr 29, 2020
This is the copy, not the original, which is why this was defeatured.
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Level 62
May 1, 2020
You still got a bunch of takes for it though! :)
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Level 42
May 22, 2020
I'd be interested to see how close any of the cities/towns in "Brontë country" are to the top 15. Maybe it's just because I don't live near any major tourist destinations but the area around Halifax, Haworth and Bingley get a ton of tourists, especially from Japan.