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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 65
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 76
Nov 10, 2019
What are they even doing up there?
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level 65
Nov 10, 2019
Perhaps they landed in England, were looking for Edinburgh and ended up going too far?
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level 72
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 43
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 45
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 71
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 76
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 76
Nov 10, 2019
What did I miss in Manchester and Birmingham?
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level 65
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 75
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 43
Nov 10, 2019
I was surprised as well
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level 72
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 78
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 49
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 73
Nov 11, 2019
No Hull? Or Scunthorpe?
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level 45
Nov 11, 2019
Who'd want to go there?
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level 58
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 58
Jan 24, 2020
What about the astoundingly beautiful city of Coventry?
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level 67
Nov 11, 2019
Edinburgh is dying from overtourism.
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level 73
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 69
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 55
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 43
Dec 30, 2019
Yep.
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level 73
Jan 24, 2020
Um, what?
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level 43
Jan 24, 2020
I commented him on another quiz.
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level 64
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 54
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 65
Jan 24, 2020
No, because it is a department of cyprus, not a sovereign territory.
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level 49
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 65
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 71
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 77
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 51
Jan 24, 2020
Why on earth would anyone want to visit Birmingham or Leeds???
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level 49
Jan 24, 2020
This was addressed above.
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level 42
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 71
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 73
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 56
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.