Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter has rated above Note Dame Cathedral in a Europe-wide survey of free tourist attractions.
With the Pantheon in Rome being voted the top attraction, the National Galley in London was second and the Birmingham museum was third in the table compiled by travel website company TripAdvisor.
The UK has more entries in a top 10 table of most-popular free European tourist attractions than any other country, it has been revealed.
There were two more UK entries in the top 10, with Westminster Abbey in eighth place and the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 10th.
The list was published as TripAdvisor also released details of a survey of more than 4,000 travellers worldwide.
The poll found:
Only 21 per cent of Britons said high fuel prices would affect their travel plans this summer, compared with 41 per cent of travellers worldwide;
30 per cent of Britons said the fall of the pound against the euro would affect summer travel plans, with 38 per cent going to a destination with a more favourable exchange rate and 26% staying in less-expensive accommodation;
62per cent of Britons plan to take half or more of their annual holiday entitlement this summer, with 19 per cent taking all of it;
32 per cent of Britons will take a break of two to three weeks this summer, while 10 per cent will have three to four weeks off;
A quarter of travellers will spend more money on summer holidays this year than last, with restaurants likely to be the biggest expense for Britons;
Seaside holidays are the most popular breaks with worldwide travellers, with 6m per intending to visit a beach destination this summer;
19 per cent intend to go hiking, 14 per cent camping and nine per cent biking but the most popular summer vacation activity is relaxing.
TripAdvisor European communications manager Ian Rumgay said: “A summer holiday is a must-have for the British public.”