Doncaster attraction visitors double as fees axed

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Visitor numbers to Cusworth Hall have more than doubled after Doncaster Council scrapped admission charges.

The council took the decision to scrap the admission fee of £2 in April, after the total number of visitors to the hall reduced by almost a third.

Cusworth Hall has traditionally been one of the borough’s most popular attractions.

And following the introduction of free entry, 20,664 people visited the hall between April and October last year, compared with 8,933 during the same period in 2012.

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said he believed that the removal of admission charges had led to the increased number of visitors.

“We feel it is important local people are able to access their heritage and the educational opportunities available at Cusworth Hall,” he said.

“Visitor numbers have more than doubled and I’m sure the removal of admission charges has enabled more people to take advantage of this fantastic attraction.

Meanwhile, Cusworth Hall’s lift was out of action yesterday because of a power cut.

A temporary generator meant the venue stayed open.