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Giant's Causeway most visited tourist attraction in Northern Ireland in 2018

The Giant's Causeway was the most visited tourism site in Northern Ireland last year. According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), a total of 1,011,473 people visited the North Coast landmark in 2018
Marie Louise McConville

THE Giant's Causeway was the most visited tourism site in Northern Ireland last year.

According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, just over a million people visited the north Coast site in 2018.

It was 35th in a list of the most visited attractions across the UK, but this was up 14 places on 2017.

A total of 837,000 people visited Titanic Belfast in 2018, an eight per cent increase.

The Ulster Museum also saw a 10 per cent increase with almost 585,000 visitors, thanks in part to a 77-metre Game of Thrones Tapestry plus the opening of a `Troubles and Beyond Gallery' and the visit of `Dippy' the diplodocus skeleton, which resulted in the highest number of visitors for an exhibition in a single day - 4,200.

In addition, almost half a million people visited the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim in 2018, just over 220,000 visited Mount Stewart in Co Down and almost 150,000 people visited the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Just under 120,000 travelled to the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh and almost 60,000 visited Castle Espie in Newtownards.

The most visited attraction across the UK was Tate Modern museum in London with almost six million visits.

Making up the top five were the British Museum, National Gallery, National History Museum and Southbank Centre, also in London.

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