Britain's industrial cities turn into tourism powerhouses
In the days when they were the powerhouses of Britain's industrial revolution they were renowned for their "dark satanic mills". Now Britain's largest industrial cities have become magnets for international visitors, according to official tourism figures which reveal that the towns were among the UK's most popular destinations last year.
London and Edinburgh still reign supreme as the two most popular urban destinations in the UK, but Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol are fast becoming rival attractions.
The rise of these cities is highlighted in an analysis by the national tourism agency VisitBritain of overnight stays by overseas visitors in UK cities in 2011. London had 15.2 million overseas visitors and Edinburgh 1.3 million.
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"Britain's industrial cities turn into tourism powerhouses", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/britain-s-industrial-cities-turn-into-tourism-powerhouses