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. 

The Office for National Statistics released detailed final 2017 data on 17 August, we will update this page soon with the 2017 results. 

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

Top towns for 'staying visits' by inbound visitors

  2017   2016 2015
  Town/city Visits (000s) Town/city Visits (000s) Town/city Visits (000s)
1 London 19,828 London 19,060 London 18,851
2 Edinburgh 2,015 Edinburgh 1,689 Edinburgh 1,543
3 Manchester 1,319 Manchester 1,191 Manchester 1,152
4 Birmingham 1,117 Birmingham 1,115 Birmingham 1,107
5 Liverpool 839 Liverpool 671 Glasgow 662
6 Glasgow 787 Glasgow 659 Liverpool 601
7 Bristol 602 Oxford 586 Oxford 535
8 Oxford 536 Bristol 570 Bristol 526
9 Cambridge 519 Cambridge 498 Brighton/Hove 457
10 Brighton/Hove 491 Brighton/Hove 465 Cambridge 430
11 Cardiff 372 Cardiff 357 Cardiff 358
12 Bath 361 Inverness 340 Bath 323
13 Inverness 311 Leeds 331 Inverness 316
14 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 297 Bath 331 Leeds 300
15 Leeds 294 Nottingham 304 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 263
16 York 289 Newcastle-upon-Tyne 296 Southampton 257
17 Aberdeen 276 York 265 York 240
18 Nottingham 267 Reading 245 Reading 236
19 Reading 229 Aberdeen 237 Aberdeen 217
20 Southampton 218 Leicester 229 Nottingham 204

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 2010-2017 (XLS, 9MB). Data for many towns is based on small sample sizes, so using 3 or 4 year averages is highly recommended.

Day trips

International Passenger Survey data for towns and cities typically measures staying visits (where visitors stay overnight). This report looks at where inbound visitors to the UK go on day trips, based on an extra question VisitBritain sponsored on the International Passenger Survey in 2016. Read about the top destinations for day trips and characteristics of day trippers.