The Eden Project has been revealed as the busiest attraction in the South West.

The Cornish centre drew in more than a million visitors last year according to figures from Visit Britain.

It is the first time since 2011 visitor numbers have reached this level.

The result means the attraction is in the top 20 pay-to-see places nationwide.

The project is now in the top 20 pay to see attractions in the UK. Credit: ITV West Country

It is the third year in succession that visitor numbers have increased.

Eden Project Chief Executive Gordon Seabright says the news is 'uplifting'.

“Our fabulous gardens and our events helped ensure a very healthy rise. We are building on that this year with even more exciting events and more investment in our great gardens. We are seeing a great response from the many thousands of visitors who have enjoyed this so far. All the signs are that we will have another very encouraging 12 months.”

Gordon Seabright

The Tower of London topped the list with more than 2.7million visitors in 2016.