Decline in visitor numbers to Nottingham tourist attractions
A NEW survey has revealed the decline in visitor numbers to many city attractions – with some down 36 per cent in a year.
Nottingham Castle, Brewhouse Yard Museum and Nottingham Contemporary all saw their visitors tumble between 2010 and 2011.
Other attractions – the Galleries of Justice, Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall – also saw a fall.
Conservative city councillor Roger Steel called for action. He said: "More needs to be done to improve the attractions in the city – these figures are extremely disappointing.
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"The city has fantastic potential – it's the home of Byron, Robin Hood and Batman – but it isn't being realised and promoted enough and a different approach is needed.
"Nottingham needs to think big and not have just piecemeal initiatives."
The figures show the number of visitors to Nottingham Castle has dropped from 266,490 in 2010 to 170,225 in 2011, a fall of 36.1 per cent.
They also revealed that Brewhouse Yard's visitors dropped by 32.1 per cent, Newstead Abbey's by 16.6 per cent and Nottingham Contemporary by 13.8 per cent.
Mr Steel added: "We need to give people a reason to visit our museums and it may be time for a different approach to the way they are run.
"The city has so much to offer and it's potential isn't being realised and that is something that needs to change."
Outside the city, there were big increases in visitors at Southwell Minster, up by nearly 40 per cent, and Mansfield Museum, up 13.6 per cent.
Nigel Hawkins, Nottingham City Council head of culture and business management, said the figures reflected a "transition year" for the Museums and Galleries Service where a number of new prices and changes in operating hours were introduced as part of savings the council made to continue to provide frontline services and balance its budget.