London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, is one of the world’s most visited cities. London has a rich history and culture. It has numerous attractions that are globally famous like the Tower of London, the Big Ben, the London Eye, the Natural History Museum, the National Art Gallery, and others. Although the city’s attractions are always crowded with visitors from across the globe, which of these are most visited by the Londoners themselves? To answer this question, a poll was conducted by YouGov to find out the most popular attractions in London for Londoners. The study ranked the Natural History Museum as the most visited attraction by city's residents. The data is mentioned in the table below.
Most Visited Attractions In London By Londoners
1. Natural History Museum
One of the world’s most renowned museums of natural history, London’s Natural History Museum attracts both locals and tourist alike. The museum offers a free visit to all, irrespective of their age or nationality. The museum hosts a vast collection of natural history specimens and science exhibits that serve to educate and spread scientific knowledge among the masses. The museum is located in South Kensington’s Exhibition Road. It is divided into five main sections. These are zoology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and mineralogy. Over 80 million items are displayed at this museum. London’s schools and colleges inspire students to visit the museum to gain knowledge on natural history subjects. Londoners also bring their children to the museum as a means of natural history education. Hence, the Natural History Museum is the most visited London attraction by Londoners themselves.
2. Science Museum
Also located on the Exhibition Road in London, the Science Museum is the second most visited London attraction by the Londoners. The museum was established in 1857. It is one of the most visited attractions in London and records 3.3 million visits every year. The Science Museum also admits visitors for free with the exception of some temporary exhibitions that are chargeable. As the name suggests, the museum hosts scientific exhibits including over 300,000 items. Some of these exhibits are very famous such as the Stephenson's Rocket, the first jet engine, the earliest steam engines, and more. Londoners of all ages like to visit the museum to gain scientific knowledge. The exhibitions held here attract many school and college students.
3. London Eye
Londoners also love to take a joyride on the London Eye as appears from the data provided by YouGov. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that offers astounding views of the city from the highest point. It is located on the South Bank of the Thames River in a popular recreational area that is frequented by both tourists and Londoners. The wheel has a height of 443 ft and a diameter of 394 ft. A ride on the London Eye is not just enjoyed by the city’s residents but also by nearly every tourist to the city. With more than 3.75 annual visitors, this attraction is the most popular one in the UK.
4. London Zoo
Nearly most of us have visited a zoo at least once during our childhood. The London Zoo is also one of the city’s major attractions that draws a large number of Londoners and tourists each year. The zoo was opened to the public in 1847. Currently, the zoo serves as the home to about 698 species of animals. It is under the management of the Zoological Society of London. The Londoners take their children to the zoo to introduce them to the wild animals housed in the zoo. Many exotic species that are natives or endemics of other continents like tigers, lions, tropical birds, penguins, etc., are found here.
Other Popular Attractions
The Tower Bridge, British Museum, the Tower of London, Parliament/Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Madame Tussauds are the other most visited attractions by Londoners. Many of these sites are associated with British history and culture. They are also famous for their architectural beauty.