- Date: 12 December 2011
- Area: North
Arts Council-funded organisation The Lowry has come out top in a poll of the most popular tourist sites in Greater Manchester.
The art gallery and theatre, which saw 870,000 visitors pass through its doors in 2010 alone, has now won the accolade for two consecutive years.
The Museum of Science and Industry near Deansgate in the centre of the city came second in the list of top attractions, compiled by Visit Manchester, welcoming around 600,000 tourists last year. In third place was indoor snow centre Chill Factore.
This year's top 10 welcomed a new entrant in the form of the Whitworth Art Gallery. The Oxford Road gallery attracted 172,000 visitors, according to Visit Manchester.
The Lowry and Whitworth Arts Gallery will be part of Arts Council's National portfolio from April 2012.
State of the arts, the national conference for the arts and culture sector, will be held at The Lowry in 2012. The event, on 14 February, will be hosted by Arts Council England in conjunction with the BBC, The Lowry, Salford City Council and Manchester City Council.