The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham has been named the most visited free attraction in the West Midlands in an annual survey.
The venue - whose cinema was recently found to offer the cheapest film tickets in the UK - came top in the survey by VisitEngland, retaining its title from the previous year's figures.
The survey was based on visitor numbers for 2017 and showed 1.13 million people had attended the arts centre, virtually the same number as the previous year.
Next in the league table for free places to visit in the region is Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with more than 602,000 visitors.
Third place goes to RAF Museum Cosford, at Shifnal in Shropshire, less than an hour from Birmingham.
The rest of the top 10 is as follows: Holy Trinity Church (the burial place of Shakespeare) in Stratford; National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire; The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent; Forge Mill Farm at Sandwell Valley Country Park; St Lawrence's Church, Evesham; St Mary The Virgin, Shrewsbury; and another St Laurence's Church, this time in Ludlow.
With more than 1.13million visitors in 2017, MAC is also listed 12th nationwide, among the likes of the National Portrait Gallery and British Library - and it’s also the most visited free attraction outside London and the South East.
It’s not the first time that the MAC, in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, has been named the Most Visited Free Attraction in the West Midlands, but the team who run it are still very proud and delighted at the news.
MAC’s chief executive and artistic director Deborah Kermode said: "It’s absolutely brilliant to see these results and the team at Midlands Arts Centre is thrilled.
"We have such a range of things going on here at MAC, with a busy calendar of theatre, dance, art, music, film, comedy, participation and learning.
"It really matters to us that we’re loved and used by our local community – and equally, that people visiting Birmingham can come to us as a major attraction and easily access all kinds of art and activities."
She added: "I’d like to thank the team here for caring so much about what we do. We also wouldn’t be the attraction we are without the support of our many funders, including the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who fund many of our free events for families.
"We’re passionate about offering free art exhibitions and activities that will really inspire people. We also have a huge range of affordable events, shows and performances, meaning that as many people as possible can come and enjoy seeing, making and doing in our fantastic, friendly arts centre."
"We’re very proud to be a part of Birmingham’s amazing cultural offering. Across the city, we have a real wealth of attractions and it’s fantastic to see this recognised," she said.
In VisitEngland's list of the top attractions with an admission charge, top place went to the Tower of London with 2.8 million visitors.
The highest local attraction in this list was Drayton Manor Park, which came in at No 16 with almost 974,000 visitors last year.
See all the figures at the VisitEngland website here