Visits to heritage sites
Last updated 4 March 2021 - see all updates
1. Main facts and figures
- in 2018 to 2019, 72.4% of people aged 16 years and over said they had visited a heritage site in the last year
- between 2012 to 2013 and 2018 to 2019, the percentage of people who had visited a heritage site remained stable (at between 72.7% and 72.4%)
- people from the Black and Asian ethnic groups were less likely to have visited a heritage site (at 42.3% and 56.3%) than White people (at 75.4%)
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data measures the percentage of people aged 16 years and over who visited a heritage site in the year before taking the survey.
Heritage sites include:
- cities or towns with historic character
- historic, secular buildings open to the public
- historic parks, gardens or landscapes open to the public
- monuments like castles, forts or ruins
- sites of archaeological interest
The data covers people living in private households in England.
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Not included in the data
The data does not include:
- people who live in institutional settings (such as hospitals or prisons)
- people who live in temporary housing (such as hostels or bed and breakfasts)
- homeless people
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for 5 aggregated ethnic groups:
This means estimates are shown for these groups as a whole. This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make any reliable conclusions about any of the 18 ethnic groups.
Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for the data on this page.
The figures on this page are based on survey data. Find out more about:
- interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed
- how weighting is used to make survey data more representative of the whole group being studied
In the data file
3. By ethnicity
|Ethnicity||%||Number of respondents|
Summary of Visits to heritage sites By ethnicity Summary
4. By ethnicity over time
|Time||All %||All Number of respondents||Asian %||Asian Number of respondents||Black %||Black Number of respondents||Mixed %||Mixed Number of respondents||White %||White Number of respondents||Other %||Other Number of respondents|
|2012/13||72.7||9,838||57.0||394||55.9||188||58.5||171||74.6||9,054||withheld to protect confidentiality||22|
|2016/17||74.2||9,352||59.4||423||47.1||242||68.8||170||76.7||8,473||withheld to protect confidentiality||27|
Summary of Visits to heritage sites By ethnicity over time Summary
5. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Twice a year
Purpose of data source
The Taking Part Survey measures people's involvement in cultural activities in England.
The data is widely used by policy officials, practitioners, academics and charities.
6. Download the data
The file contains: Measure, Time, Ethnicity, Geography, Value, Upper bound, Lower bound, Number of respondents, Source