Visits to attractions


The national visitor attractions report for 2016 includes results for 26 visitor attractions in the Lancashire-14 area. Only a small number of tourism attractions in Lancashire submit visitor figures for publication and some, like country parks, have to give estimations of their large numbers of visitors. The local results are therefore of only limited value, but of the 26 Lancashire attractions that submitted results, five attractions recorded no change in visitor numbers, sixteen others saw visitor numbers increase and five more recorded decreases.

The size of attractions ranged from the Sandcastle Water Park in Blackpool with over 300,000 visitors, to the 109 who visited the British in India museum in Nelson.

This article also includes a separate table that shows visitor numbers at 12 sites managed by the Lancashire Museums Service during the more recent 2017/18 season. Of these particular sites, Clitheroe Castle Museum attracted the largest number of visitors, around 12,000 more than the Lancaster City Museum which experienced a drop in visits. The closure of five museums as part of the 2015 Budget Review, taking effect in October 2016, caused major falls in attendances at most of the affected sites. Other wild fluctuations in numbers were caused by temporary closures or recovery from periods of closure in previous years. The total number of visits to all sites fell by a mere 6.1%

The 2 tables are in the 'Further analysis' document which can be downloaded below and have also been incorporated into the Microsoft Power BI slides seen here. The other slides are the interactive map of the attractions listed in the Visit England survey, an interactive pie-chart which displays the results by category and district and an interactive map of the museums, which can be set for any of the financial years back to 2010/11. The 2 tables are also interactive, in that by clicking the column headers the table is sorted or ranked by that indicator, and Table 2 is supplemented by a time series chart which can be filtered by the relevant authority. Table 2 should appear first, because it is most relevant to the April 2018 update.


Further analysis

Visitor attendance in Lancashire 2016 and 2017/18 (PDF 308 KB)

Page updated April 2018