Attraction Audit

Research

Attraction Audit

In 2009 TSE carried out an audit of Visitor Attractions in the South East. Data was drawn from a number of sources including VisitEngland, individual local authority databases, yellow pages, Thompsons Business Directory, internet searches and tourism brochures and guides.


Number of Attractions by County 2009

County Number of Attractions
Berkshire 83
Buckinghamshire 84
East Sussex 164
Hampshire 283
Isle of Wight 96
Kent 381
Oxfordshire 148
Surrey 117
West Sussex 151
Total                                1,502                           

Source: TSE Visitor Attractions Audit

 

Total attractions in the South East in 2009 by type

Attraction Type Number of Attractions
Country Parks 65
Farms 57
Gardens 106
Historic Houses/Castles 179
Other Historic Properties 109
Leisure/Theme Parks 67
Museums/Art Galleries 350
Railways 26
Visitor/Heritage Centres 42
Wildlife Attractions 110
Workplaces 122
Places of Worship 87
Other 185
Total 1,502

Source: TSE Visitor Attractions Audit

 

Definition

 

VisitBritain define an attraction as:

"... an attraction is feasible to change admission for the sole purpose of sightseeing. The attraction must be a permanently established excursion destination, a primary purpose of which is to allow access for entertainment, interest or education; rather than being primarily a retail outlet or a venue for sporting, theatrical or film performances. It must be open to the public, without prior booking, for published periods each year, and should be capable of attracting day visitors or tourists as well as local residents. In addition, the attraction must be a single business, under a single management, so that it is capable of answering the economic questions on revenue, employment etc.."