Sheffield art gallery among England’s most popular places

Sheffield Millennium Gallery

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A Sheffield art gallery is among the most popular visitor attractions in the country, a poll has found.

The Millennium Gallery, which is home to the Ruskin gallery and Metalwork Collection, attracted 764,639 visitors in 2015, putting it in 18th place in the top 20 most-visited free attractions in England.

The survey, run by tourism body VisitEngland, looked at 1,500 venues nationally.

Kim Streets, CEO of Museums Sheffield, which operates the gallery, said: “It is great to be in the top 20. It has consistently performed really highly. It’s that brilliant combination of a strong creative programme and its positioning right in the heart of the city.”

Meanwhile, of paid-for attractions in the region, Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s visitor numbers were up 22 per cent to 678,000.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, close to Barnsley, had a 46 per cent increase in visitors to 638,907, having been the first venue outside London to host the Tower of London Poppies. It was the region’s third most popular free attraction.

Flamingo Land, at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire, had 1.47m visitors, ahead of Stonehenge and London Zoo.