Barnard Castle visitor numbers surge by 20% following Dominic Cummings trip

Barnard Fortress customer numbers have surged this 12 months, in line with English Heritage.

On the finish of March 2021, whereas the UK was within the first coronavirus lockdown, Dominic Cummings famously went on a day journey to the market city of the identical title. The prime minister’s then-chief adviser was staying along with his spouse’s dad and mom on the outskirts of Durham after contracting Covid-19.

“My eyesight appeared to have been affected by the illness,” he later reported to an viewers of journalists within the rose backyard of 10 Downing Avenue.

“We agreed that we should always go for a brief drive to see if I might drive safely. We drove for roughly half an hour and ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Fortress.”

Twenty-two months on from that controversial tour, the Twelfth-century fortress that gave the County Durham city its title has seen customer numbers “rocket”.

England Heritage, which runs the attraction, says 20 per cent extra folks visited Barnard Fortress than in 2019, the final “regular” 12 months for tourism.

Richard III spent a lot of his childhood within the fort, which is ready dramatically above the River Tees.

A brief manner south, a number of lesser-known historic points of interest in North Yorkshire clocked up their highest customer numbers in over a decade. Kirkham Priory had 75 per cent extra guests than in 2019 whereas Pickering Fortress was up 30 per cent.

England Heritage attributes will increase in customer numbers as a “clear indication that the general public took benefit of the ‘keep at residence’ mandate to rediscover the heritage on their doorstep”.

Kate Mavor, chief government of English Heritage, stated: “This has been an extended and onerous pandemic however one silver lining seems to be that with folks staying nearer to residence, they’ve found historic locations close by.”

Barnard Fortress turned the topic of a public paintings by the artist Sam Edward.

He replicated Dominic Cummings’ journey from the adviser’s residence in north London to Barnard Fortress, pausing to show messages from the roof of his automobile that have been direct quotes from the “rose backyard” press convention.

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