Since it reopened last Summer, the National Museum of Scotland has been the most popular UK attraction outside of London according to new figures. Its £47 million refurbishment has boosted visitor numbers by 141%, one of the largest boosts in visitors for UK attractions according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.
Bernard Donoghue, director of the ALVA claims this is due to brave decision-making.
“The Scottish government, local authorities, the Scottish Lottery Heritage Fund and the attractions themselves have had the courage to invest in a difficult economic climate but their investment has been entirely justified.”
Other Scottish attractions have had more visitors over the last year, such as Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Director of the National Museums of Scotland, Dr Gordon Rintoul, claims that they have created a “truly world-class visitor attraction” which will bring “huge benefits to the country’s tourism economy”.