Posted by: bluesyemre | July 31, 2018

Tourism’s missing link (Manchester’s Central Library’s astonishing visitor numbers)


Recently released figures show that the most visited tourist attraction in Greater Manchester is The Lowry arts centre with 846,097 visitors. This is followed by HOME arts centre with 837,621, The Museum of Science and Industry with 651,473, Manchester Art Gallery with 593,168 and The National Football Museum with 481,541.

All very good, especially since this is an increase of 10% year on year in overall visitor numbers across the region. The total visitor figure for Greater Manchester now stands at 1,319,000. Even better news is that almost the whole of that upsurge comes from proper tourist/holiday maker visits as opposed to say, business trips.

But there is something odd about the figures as well. Something missing. Despite John Rylands Library being included in the top eleven of Manchester visitor attractions (with 242,892 guests) the most visited of all the Manchester region cultural tourist attractions is strangely absent.

This is Central Library in St Peter’s Square which now attracts a staggering 1.6m visits. Since reopening in 2014 the figures have been continually improving.

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