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Visitors flock to St Andrews Castle during the festive season

7 January 2011

Visitors have flocked to St. Andrews Castle over the Christmas and New Year period.

Admission figures between 24th December and 4th January, saw a 92% increase in visitor numbers compared to the same period last year. Numbers were highest on the 30th and 31st December as visitors took the opportunity to take in the site in the run up to the New Year celebrations.

The figures round off an impressive twelve months for the heritage sector with Historic Scotland, who run the castle and another 77 attractions across Scotland recently announcing their best April - September on record.

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs said;

“The Christmas and New Year period is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Scotland’s stunning built heritage.

“Scotland continues to be a ‘must-see’ destination at this time of year, so it is fantastic to see this reflected in visitor numbers at St. Andrews Castle.

“These figures are testament to the continued appeal of our heritage attractions and the hard work of staff to provide a world class experience. It is fantastic to end the year in such a positive position and rounds off an exceptional 12 months for the sector.”

The castle, which was the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews and formed the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland, has an enduring popularity with visitors and ranks amongst Historic Scotland’s top ten sites on an annual basis.

Stephen Duncan, Head of Commercial and Visitor Operations for Historic Scotland added;

“We are delighted that the castle has enjoyed such a successful Christmas and New Year in terms of visitor numbers.

“Despite the extreme weather throughout much of December, the site has performed extremely well over the festive season, mirroring what has been a hugely successful season to date.

“The extended Christmas holiday period has attracted both domestic and overseas visitors drawn by the town’s history, which continues to entice with its connection to the upcoming royal wedding.”


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