Inbound town data

Find out the top towns for inbound visitors to Britain, as well as how many visits were made by overseas residents to the UK's towns. 

Please visit the dedicated pages for national, regional and county data or detailed market information.

Top towns for 'staying visits' by inbound visitors

  2016   2015 2014
  Town/city Visits (000s) Town/city Visits (000s) Town/city Visits (000s)
1 London 19,060 London 18,851 London 17,404
2 Edinburgh 1,689 Edinburgh 1,543 Edinburgh 1,585
3 Manchester 1,191 Manchester 1,152 Manchester 994
4 Birmingham 1,115 Birmingham 1,107 Birmingham 944
5 Liverpool 671 Glasgow 662 Glasgow 624
6 Glasgow 659 Liverpool 601 Liverpool 605
7 Oxford 586 Oxford 535 Oxford 489
8 Bristol 570 Bristol 526 Bristol 446
9 Cambridge 498 Brighton/Hove 457 Brighton/Hove 423
10 Brighton/Hove 465 Cambridge 430 Cambridge 418
11 Cardiff 357 Cardiff 358 Leeds 370
12 Inverness 340 Bath 323 York 311
13 Leeds 331 Inverness 316 Cardiff 300
14 Bath 331 Leeds 300 Inverness 261
15 Nottingham 304 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 263 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 243
16 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 296 Southampton 257 Aberdeen 241
17 York 265 York 240 Bath 236
18 Reading 245 Reading 236 Nottingham 218
19 Aberdeen 237 Aberdeen 217 Reading 189
20 Leicester 229 Nottingham 204 Windsor 187

Source: International Passenger Survey, Office for National Statistics. Please note that figures are based on small sample sizes for all cities with the exception of London and should therefore be treated with caution.

Download an excel table showing the 20 most visited towns and cities by visitors from overseas (XLS, 25KB) as far back as 1999.

Detailed data

This Excel document allows you to see how many visitors from overseas went to different towns and cities in the UK. It also shows a breakdown of visits to each town by major overseas markets. You can view visit data for towns by journey purpose, and quarter. Data is available from 2010-2016 (XLS, 7MB). Data for many towns is based on small sample sizes, so using 3 or 4 year averages is highly recommended.