Overseas tourists attracted to Meridian region

Brighton Pavilion is one of the most popular attractions in Sussex Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Oxford, Brighton & Hove, Southampton and Reading are among the top 20 most visited towns and cities in Britain by overseas tourists. But the figures from Visit Britain for 2013 also show how London is still the magnet for overseas tourists, dwarfing all other destinations.

DESTINATION VISITS

1) London 16.7 million

2) Edinburgh 1.3 million

3) Manchester 988,000

4) Birmingham 941,000

5) Liverpool 562,000

6) Glasgow 515,000

7) Oxford 456,000

8) Bristol 428,000

9) Brighton and Hove 409,000

10) Cambridge 404,000

The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford Credit: Press Association Images

11) Leeds 299,000

12) Cardiff 297,000

13) Bath 283,000

14) York 271,000

15) Nottingham 247,000

16) Aberdeen 241,000

17) Inverness 226,000

18) Southampton 221,000

19) Newcastle-upon-Tyne 201,000

20) Reading 193,000

Cruise ships bring in thousands of visitors in Southampton Credit: Press Association Images

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