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Visitor Attractions

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of visitors to (a) the Avebury monuments, (b) Bowood House, (c) Corsham Court, (d) Lacock Abbey, (e) Iford Manor, (f) Longleat, (g) Stourhead, (h) Old Wardour Castle and (i) Silbury Hill in each year since 1997. (88242)

The Department does not hold estimates of the number of visitors to Bowood House, Corsham Court, Lacock Abbey, Iford Manor, Longleat or Stourhead.

The Avebury Monuments, including Silbury Hill, have free access and it is difficult to gain an accurate estimate of the number of visitors due to the nature of the site. A survey held by Bournemouth University in 1996-1998 gave an approximate figure of 350,000 a year. Data for 1999-2000, give an annual figure of 342,000 and 276,600 for the year 2004-05.

Visitor figures for the English Heritage property of Old Wardour Castle is as follows:

Number

1996-97

28,051

1997-98

24,838

1998-99

23,345

1999-2000

28,375

2000-01

19,863

2001-02

22,084

2002-03

28,375

2003-04

32,011

2004-05

29,380

2005-06

26,470