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Tourists return to UK landmarks
Blackpool beach
Blackpool is the UK's most popular tourist destination
The UK's top tourist attractions have seen a boost in visitor numbers following a difficult year in 2005.

Blackpool topped the poll with 5.7m visits, although numbers were down 4%, said the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).

ALVA director Robin Broke said visitor numbers fell dramatically following the 7 July 2005 bombings.

Most London attractions saw visitor figures increase significantly in 2006, according to the latest figures.

Tate Modern in London was the second most visited venue in the country with 4.9m visitors, a 21% increase on 2005.

The British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum and Science Museum were among the nation's favourite attractions.

'Vibrant industry'

Among the least visited attractions were the National Museum of Costume in Scotland and the National Wool Museum in Wales.

Mr Broke said the tourism industry was vibrant despite security alerts, punctual transport woes and a weak US dollar.

But he said Britain's attractions industry still needed financial support to help promote it "if this country is to compete globally".

"The figures show a marked increase for several attractions compared to their 2005 performance.

"This is partly explained by the affect of the July bombings of that year."

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