North East of England has only two out of top 100 UK tourist attractions

Fountains Abbey and the National Railway Museum are the only two venues in the North East to be named amongst the top 100 most-visited tourist attractions in the UK.

Fountains Abbey near Ripon was one of two North East attractions in the top 100 Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions showed the railway museum, near York, had over 900,000 people through its doors in 2013 while Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, had over 300,000.