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

  2015 2014 2013
  Town/city Visits (000s) Town/city Visits (000s) Town/city Visits (000s)
1 London 18,851 London 17,404 London 16,811
2 Edinburgh 1,543 Edinburgh 1,585 Edinburgh 1,292
3 Manchester 1,152 Manchester 994 Manchester 991
4 Birmingham 1,107 Birmingham 944 Birmingham 925
5 Glasgow 662 Glasgow 624 Liverpool 558
6 Liverpool 601 Liverpool 605 Glasgow 510
7 Oxford 535 Oxford 489 Oxford 454
8 Bristol 526 Bristol 446 Bristol 422
9 Brighton/Hove 457 Brighton/Hove 423 Cambridge 404
10 Cambridge 430 Cambridge 418 Brighton/Hove 402
11 Cardiff 358 Leeds 370 Leeds 299
12 Bath 323 York 311 Cardiff 294
13 Inverness 316 Cardiff 300 Bath 279
14 Leeds 300 Inverness 261 York 269
15 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 263 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 243 Nottingham 244
16 Southampton 257 Aberdeen 241 Aberdeen 240
17 York 240 Bath 236 Inverness 224
18 Reading 236 Nottingham 218 Southampton 218
19 Aberdeen 217 Reading 189 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 200
20 Nottingham 204 Windsor 187 Reading 193

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, 66KB) 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 2010-2015 (XLS, 5.6MB). Data for many towns is based on small sample sizes, so using 3 or 4 year averages is highly recommended.