Britain's shops 'sought-after'

Britain is one of the world's most sought-after shopping destinations with an estimated 18 million foreign visitors spending £4.5 billion in its shops, new research has found.

Shopping in Harrods is top activity for tourists in Britain

A survey amongst tourists in Britain has put 'shopping in Harrods' as one of the top holiday activities.

Harrods store in London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Research found that almost one in five chose the activity, when asked to select their top three favourites.

Visitors put the attraction ahead of going to the theatre and visiting Harry Potter locations.

Survey: French tourists visit British shops the most

Of the 18 million overseas visitors shopping across the UK:

  • French visitors made 2 million trips
  • Germans visitors made 1.63 million trips
  • Americans visitors made 1.63 million trips
  • Irish visitors made 1.3 million trips
  • Spanish visitors made 1 million trips

VisitBritain found that Britain was rated above France and the same as Italy in terms of value for its shopping.

Nearly 70 per cent of female visitors visited the shops during their stay, with male figures also high at 70 per cent.

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Britain's shops 'sought-after' by overseas tourists

Britain is one of the world's most sought-after destinations for international shoppers, research has found.

According to VisitBritain, an estimated 18 million foreign visitors spent £4.5 billion in Britain's shops.

‘Shopping in Harrods’ was chosen as a top activity by almost one in five Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The national tourism agency said the majority of money was spent on clothes, at just over £2 billion, and that £1.6 billion was spent on souvenirs.

It is thought that the average 'shopping' tourist spends an average of £680 per trip.