First World War commemorations helped push the Tower Of London to eighth in the list of most visited attractions in the country last year.

Some 3,075,950 visited the Tower Hamlets showpiece where the Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red display of ceramic poppies captured the spirit of remembrance.

An estimated five million viewed the display in moat while, elsewhere, visits to the Imperial War Museum in London, which opened new First World War Galleries, rose 153% to 914,774, according to the Association Of Leading Visitor Attractions.

The British Museum came top for the eighth year running with London destinations, including the Southbank Centre and Tate Modern, filled nine of the top 10 places. Only the new library in Birmingham managed to break the capital’s monopoly.