Visits to heritage sites

Published

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:

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Mixed
  • White
  • Other

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.

Methodology

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:

In the data file

See Download the data for confidence intervals for each ethnic group. Find out more about how confidence intervals are used to determine how reliable estimates are.

3. By ethnicity

Percentage of people aged 16 years and over who visited a heritage site in the past year, by ethnicity
Ethnicity % Number of respondents
All 72.4 8,161
Asian 56.3 487
Black 42.3 226
Mixed 70.9 121
White 75.4 7,239
Other 58.8 46

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV)

Summary of Visits to heritage sites By ethnicity Summary

This data shows that:

  • in 2018 to 2019, 72.4% of people aged 16 years and over in England said they had visited a heritage site in the past year

  • 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%)

4. By ethnicity over time

Percentage of people aged 16 years and over who visited a heritage site in the past year, by ethnicity over time
All Asian Black Mixed White Other
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
2013/14 72.5 10,355 61.5 404 50.6 203 62.9 142 74.1 9,546 65.7 49
2014/15 72.6 9,817 55.5 367 49.9 239 70.9 99 74.7 9,050 64.0 52
2015/16 73.2 10,171 60.0 434 51.8 242 60.5 119 75.4 9,312 52.2 55
2016/17 74.2 9,352 59.4 423 47.1 242 68.8 170 76.7 8,473 withheld to protect confidentiality 27
2017/18 72.8 7,715 54.4 397 38.6 203 74.6 144 76.0 6,853 56.6 79
2018/19 72.4 8,161 56.3 487 42.3 226 70.9 121 75.4 7,239 58.8 46

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity over time’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity over time’ (CSV)

Summary of Visits to heritage sites By ethnicity over time Summary

This data shows that:

  • between 2012 to 2013 and 2018 to 2019, the percentage of people who had visited a heritage site in the past year remained stable at between 72.7% and 72.4%
  • although the data shows rises and falls in visits for some ethnic groups, these changes are not reliable due to the small number of people surveyed

5. Data sources

Source

Type of data

Survey data

Type of statistic

National Statistics

Publisher

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Publication frequency

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

Adults visiting heritage sites - Spreadsheet (csv) 9 KB

The file contains: Measure, Time, Ethnicity, Geography, Value, Upper bound, Lower bound, Number of respondents, Source