Revamped Colchester Castle is breaking visitor number records

Revamped Colchester Castle is breaking visitor number records

Revamped Colchester Castle is breaking visitor number records

First published in News

COLCHESTER’S revamped castle is drawing record crowds.

The Norman castle re-opened in May after being closed for 14 months for a £4.3million refurbishment.

Since May, the Grade I listed building has attracted 50,000 visitors and is well on course to top 100,000 by the end of the year.

Figures for the end of August show the castle has made £275,000 in visitor gate fees, as well as £44,000 in retail income.

Bill Seaman, Museums Managers at Colchester Council, said: “We are breaking all records we previously had in terms of performance.

“We are set to hit 100,000 for the year, compared to 80,000 in the last recorded year, which is a real testament to the work which has been carried out.”

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5:13pm Thu 4 Sep 14

SoundSense says...

Quote "Figures for the end of August show the castle has made £275,000 in visitor gate fees, as well as £44,000 in retail income".

Complete the equation - how much does it cost to run and how much interest is being paid on loans etc?

Before we start celebrating let's see if we got value for money!
Quote "Figures for the end of August show the castle has made £275,000 in visitor gate fees, as well as £44,000 in retail income". Complete the equation - how much does it cost to run and how much interest is being paid on loans etc? Before we start celebrating let's see if we got value for money! SoundSense
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6:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Longinus says...

SoundSense wrote:
Quote "Figures for the end of August show the castle has made £275,000 in visitor gate fees, as well as £44,000 in retail income".

Complete the equation - how much does it cost to run and how much interest is being paid on loans etc?

Before we start celebrating let's see if we got value for money!
What loans would that be?
[quote][p][bold]SoundSense[/bold] wrote: Quote "Figures for the end of August show the castle has made £275,000 in visitor gate fees, as well as £44,000 in retail income". Complete the equation - how much does it cost to run and how much interest is being paid on loans etc? Before we start celebrating let's see if we got value for money![/p][/quote]What loans would that be? Longinus
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6:58pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Ontheball says...

I thought all the work on the castle revamp was as a result of a large Lottery donation.
I thought all the work on the castle revamp was as a result of a large Lottery donation. Ontheball
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Shrubendlad says...

The castle is the towns greatest asset-now for the water tower.
The castle is the towns greatest asset-now for the water tower. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 2

11:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

hughie-s says...

August figures available already, any chance of the other tourist magnet revealing theirs?
August figures available already, any chance of the other tourist magnet revealing theirs? hughie-s
  • Score: 2

9:04am Fri 5 Sep 14

romantic says...

hughie-s wrote:
August figures available already, any chance of the other tourist magnet revealing theirs?
Come on, Hughie, you can't expect them to count the endless streams of people rolling through the door; they're too busy finding cutting-edge art which no other gallery will touch with a barge-pole and then dismissing as philistines anybody who dares question what they do. But anyway, good to know that the Castle is bringing people in.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: August figures available already, any chance of the other tourist magnet revealing theirs?[/p][/quote]Come on, Hughie, you can't expect them to count the endless streams of people rolling through the door; they're too busy finding cutting-edge art which no other gallery will touch with a barge-pole and then dismissing as philistines anybody who dares question what they do. But anyway, good to know that the Castle is bringing people in. romantic
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11:21am Fri 5 Sep 14

Lilylilo says...

But will the visitors to the Castle be returning? I have read a few reviews and there are quite a lot of people who think it is just too expensive. For a start -no concessions for Senior Citizens!! How amazingly mean! What about giving Colchester Pensioners, who have been paying rates for years, free entry???
But will the visitors to the Castle be returning? I have read a few reviews and there are quite a lot of people who think it is just too expensive. For a start -no concessions for Senior Citizens!! How amazingly mean! What about giving Colchester Pensioners, who have been paying rates for years, free entry??? Lilylilo
  • Score: -1

12:08pm Fri 5 Sep 14

SoundSense says...

Ontheball wrote:
I thought all the work on the castle revamp was as a result of a large Lottery donation.
From "The Castle Studies Group Bulletin' Volume 14 - "The project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Colchester Borough Council, EU Interreg fund, Friends of Colchester Museums, Essex Heritage Trust
and Friends of Colchester Roman Wall".
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: I thought all the work on the castle revamp was as a result of a large Lottery donation.[/p][/quote]From "The Castle Studies Group Bulletin' Volume 14 - "The project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Colchester Borough Council, EU Interreg fund, Friends of Colchester Museums, Essex Heritage Trust and Friends of Colchester Roman Wall". SoundSense
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