August 2014

Greenwich proved particularly popular with visitors in 2013 as figures released by Visit England today, 18 August 2014, illustrate. The Old Royal Naval College, Sir Christopher Wren’s twin domed riverside masterpiece, was the 9th most popular free attraction in England with almost 1.8m visitors. Meanwhile, the National Maritime Museum just missed the top ten coming number 11 in the list of free visitor attractions with the Royal Observatory the 17th most popular paid attraction.

VisitEngland Chief Executive James Berresford said: “Attractions in England are core to England’s tourism offer and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful and wide variety of indoor and outdoor attractions to suit all visitors. With a 5% increase in both visitor numbers and gross revenue for 2013, our attractions continue to contribute greatly to the visitor economy and show enormous potential for future growth. It’s clear that investment into the sector is key and the benefits are evident in the results for attractions continuously investing in both marketing and digital platforms.”

“This is excellent news for Greenwich,” says Brendan McCarthy CEO of the Old Royal Naval College and Chair of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. “Greenwich has so much to offer visitors from the glories of the Painted Hall and chapel here at Wren’s Old Royal Naval College to the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark.

“Greenwich is also a popular venue for events,” he adds. “Later this month we will be presenting Greenwich Music Time, four nights of top class music, here at the Old Royal Naval College, and thousands of people are expected to flock to Greenwich next month as the Royal Borough of Greenwich hosts the spectacular Tall Ships race. As well as giving visitors the chance to see and board some of the world’s most beautiful and historic sailing boats a five day festival will offer a wide range of events for all the family here at the ORNC and in central Greenwich.”

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