Revealed: Leeds’s most (and least) popular tourist attractions

Tropical World at Roundhay Park.
Tropical World at Roundhay Park.
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Leeds’s most popular – and least popular – visitor attractions have been revealed in a new survey.

Coming in at the top spot for 2013 was Leeds Art Gallery with 453,000 visitors.

The much-loved venue on The Headrow has been consistently popular, attracting similar crowds since 2009.

Second on the list was Tropical World with 390,000 visitors – an increase of 41 per cent in the past five years.

Lotherton Hall visitors have more than quadrupled since 2009, and Kirkstall Abbey has also seen a rise of 93 per cent.

John Roles, head of Leeds Museums and Galleries, said: “It really is fantastic to that so many people are taking the opportunity to see us.”

The VisitEngland figures weren’t all good news though, with West Yorkshire being home to one of the least visited attractions.

Wakefield’s Gissing Centre, dedicated to Victorian writer George Gissing, was the fifth least visited tourist attraction in the whole of England, with just 118 visitors last year.

However, the centre is run entirely by volunteers and is only open two hours a week, or by prior appointment. Patricia Colling, secretary of the Gissing Trust said: “It’s very small – it’s one room in a house.

“It’s not a day trip, it’s a place to pop in, have a quick look round and discover Yorkshire’s best kept literary secret.”

Royal Armouries visitor numbers have also gone down by 20 per cent since 2009, with officials blaming Government funding cuts. A spokesman said: “We now face the challenge of building those numbers up again.”

Harewood House numbers have also fallen by 23 per cent in the last five years.

Christopher Ussher, chief executive at Harewood House Trust said: “The Tour de France has provided a platform for great things to come. We’re looking ahead to reversing the trend.”

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