Tourism boost as visitors flock to Doncaster

Corner of Yorkshire, March 30, Cusworth Hall.
Corner of Yorkshire, March 30, Cusworth Hall.
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Doncaster has seen its tourism levels rise over the last year, official figures have revealed.

Figures released by Doncaster Council show overall visits to attractions across the borough were up 11 per cent for the first nine months of the 2013/14 financial year.

It is in contract to the national figures which have shown a slight fall.

The most recent figures from Visit England show the total visits to attractions are down on per cent nationally.

Top performing attractions from April to December 2013 included the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, where visitors were up 25 per cent, Doncaster Minster, up 23 per cent and Conisbrough Castle - up 25 per cent until it closed for construction of the new visitor centre in August.

Cusworth Hall also enjoyed a 129 per cent increase in visitors after it became a free attraction for families to visit once again last April.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Tourism is a key area for Doncaster in terms of jobs and growth. I am delighted to see visitor numbers continuing to increase as well as the borough’s profile as a destination. The success of Doncaster’s tourism industry is a true partnership between our fantastic attractions in the private sector - aided by investment, tourism, marketing and events support from Doncaster Council.”