National Museum in Edinburgh is Scotland's top visitor attaction

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The National Museum in Edinburgh was Scotland’s most visited attraction last year.

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Around 1.7 million people visited the National Museum of Scotland in 2013, according to new figures released by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

Roughly 32 million people visited 250 sites across Scotland last year - an increase of more than 225,000 (0.6%) on 2012.

ASVA chairman David O'Neill said: "We are confident that 2014 will be a bumper year for the visitor attractions sector in Scotland as we reap the benefits from Homecoming 2014 and major events including the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup."

Edinburgh continued to dominate the tourism marketplace, with 11 of the top 20 attractions located in the city.

However, sites in the north and south of Scotland recorded the biggest increases in numbers, with visits up by more than 7% in both regions.

Whisky tourism continued to draw visitors to Scotland, with the majority of whisky-based attractions reporting a rise in their numbers.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh experienced its highest ever visitor numbers, up 11.5% on the previous year.

The Jack Vettriano retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was the attraction's most successful special exhibition ever, attracting more than 123,000 visitors in its 23-week run.

1 National Museum of Scotland (1,768,090) 2 Edinburgh Castle (1,420,027) 3 Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (1,044,067) 4 St Giles Cathedral (940,530) 5 Scottish National Gallery (933,296) 6 Edinburgh Zoo (760,847) 7 Riverside Museum (740,276) 8 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (664,407) 9 National War Museum (572,361) 10 Gallery of Modern Art (572,152) 11 Edinburgh Bus Tours (555,526) 12 Stirling Castle (411,726) 13 The Falkirk Wheel (406,331) 14 Glasgow Science Centre (390,375) 15 Scottish Parliament (331,839) 16 Urquhart Castle (310,446) 17 The People's Palace Museum (310,326) 18 The Scotch Whisky Experience (301,782) 19 Our Dynamic Earth (298,667) 20 New Lanark World Heritage Site (297,808)

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