Royal wedding pushes Westminster Abbey into top 10 UK attractions

Thanks to the ‘Royal Wedding effect’ Westminster Abbey has made it into the top ten most visited attractions in the UK.

Visitor numbers to the abbey have increased massively since the Royal wedding that was watched by billions of people around the globe.

The Abbey has seen a 36 per cent rise in visitor numbers since 2010, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva).

The 700-year-old building saw nearly 1.9 million people walk through its doors, wanting to see not only the place of the Royal Wedding but also the places many royals, poets and leaders are buried and the famous resting place of the Unknown Soldier.

The Abbey was ranked eighth in the top ten visitor attractions; the British Museum took the top spot with the National Gallery in second place.

The British Museum saw 5.84 million visitors last year, 0.01 per cent increase on last year.

The iconic Tower of London also saw an increase, up by 2.55 million on last year, whilst the national portrait gallery rose by 1.88 million.

Alva director Bernard Donoghue said: ‘The figures demonstrate that, for Brits who holidayed at home in record numbers last year, and for overseas visitors who came to the UK in record numbers last year, our iconic attractions are a ‘must see’ and a ‘must experience’.’

‘Even at a time of economic restraint, those attractions which have invested in refurbishment, new exhibitions, new marketing, new catering and retail products have seen a real return on investment and more money for the visitor economy.

‘Domestic visitors have prioritised visits to free attractions but not exclusively; they are mindful of getting value for money and experiencing great quality and they are finding plenty of examples of both.’

1.   British Museum
2.   National Gallery
3.   Tate Modern
4.   Natural History Museum
5.   Science Museum
6.   V&A
7.   Tower of London
8.   Westminster Abbey
9.   National Portrait Gallery
10. St Paul’s Cathedral


Park Resorts to host Royal Wedding street parties all over the UK

The Caravan Experts Take to the Streets and Celebrate Will’s & Kate’s Wedding of the Year

Park Resorts, the number one provider of all static caravans for sale, are hosting the biggest and best royal wedding street parties across the UK! With royal wedding excitement levels ever escalating, Park Resorts are starting to put their highly anticipated street party plans into action. Championing the best of British, Andy Edge, Marketing Director from Park Resorts comments:

“Here at Park Resorts we are tremendously excited about our royal wedding street parties. Creating amazing memories is what Park Resorts is all about and the street parties are going to do just this. Our parks are already the basis of a great community spirit and we look forward to creating so many fantastic royal wedding memories for all the families and friends who come to stay with us. From the amount of entertainment we’re putting on and the community atmosphere generated, we’re truly rediscovering quintessential British summertime.”

The Park Resorts royal wedding street parties, which take place on 29th April, have all the ingredients to become a real recipe for success. Park Resorts residents can enjoy the very best of British entertainment with every park offering something different. Whatever the weather, expect to enjoy sizzling BBQ buffets, jovial picnics and lashings of good fun. There will be all manner of daytime and evening entertainment, which both kids and adults will enjoy. Fun and games for the kids will run throughout the day, including competitions, and ‘sports day’ races. At selected parks the royal wedding will be shown on the big screen for the community to watch. As you’re attending a wedding, be sure to dress to impress! And last but not least, expect a lively street party, full of good humour, merriment and a real celebration of this once-in-a-lifetime royal occasion. Make sure you don’t miss out, by booking your ‘royal wedding’ stay today. Join the party and start making amazing memories – it’ll be one to remember.

Park Resorts, who offer caravan holidays across the UK, including in Essex, Yorkshire, Kent, Sussex and Scotland, offer all manner of caravan holidays. Whether you are a family, couple or large group of friends, they have the right caravan for you. Accommodation is available to suit all age groups and price limits, from bronze, silver and gold, with a real emphasis on catering for the family.


Royal wedding party to be hosted at sea

More than 12,800 Brits will be travelling with P&O Cruises on April 29, meaning the largest collective wedding celebration at sea.


The six ships will be cruising as far apart as the Panama Canal to Palma, the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.


On board each ship, passengers will receive a Royal Wedding invitation in their cabin and the wedding coverage will be broadcast in all possible areas on board, including the SeaScreen giant cinema screen by the pool on Azura.*


Great British sailaway or deck parties will take place throughout the day, with decorations and flags, and evening entertainment will include a Royal Gala Ball and a specially themed quiz. Films shown will have a royal theme, such as The Queen, The King’s Speech and The Princess Diaries for younger cruisers.


P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “The Royal Wedding will have the nation gripped on April 29 and we would like people to celebrate in true P&O Cruises style. We create a sense of occasion better than anyone, and have made sure that the day will be a wonderful celebration for everyone on board.”


The P&O Cruises ships will be in the following locations on April 29:

Arcadia – transit Panama Canal headed towards Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Aurora – crossing the Atlantic from Barbados, next stop Madeira

Azura – alongside in Palma

Oceana – returning to Southampton from Gibraltar

Ventura – alongside in Southampton

Oriana – alongside in Palma