More Money to Spruce Tourism

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Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Lottery Heritage Fund has just announced grants of £10 million towards restoration of some of the UK’s most popular- and not so well known – tourism destinations and attractions. And Cardigan Castle in Wales will receive the lion’s share. The castle has been in want of some TLC for some time. We have mentioned in CD-Traveller in the past the efforts that have gone on the past to try and preserve this landmark which certainly saw one of the first eisteddfodau that is recorded. With its £4.7 million, the money will be used to restore the buildings and the gardens as well as creating a new heritage centre for visitors.

Cambridge gets the next largest slice of lottery heritage fund money with £2.32 million being used to develop new workshops in the museum and art gallery that is Kettle’s Yard. Cambridge has a huge influx of day trippers coming primarily to see the colleges. Visitors then spread out to explore other parts of the city and the galleries, museums, restaurants, shops and the market reap the benefit.

You may not be familiar with Charleston Barns just outside Lewes in East Sussex is the former home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. It became a centre for the Bloomsbury set, people like, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Roger Fry, J M Keynes and Lytton Strachey spent much of the time writing and talking. £2.4 million from the fund goes to create a new exhibition area and educational resource for visitors.

Finally that well known site, the Royal Crescent in Bath gets £1.4 million so that it can link two houses, number 1 and number 1a so that a larger museum can be created. In that same space will be a new exhibition showing what life was like in the eighteenth century when Bath was becoming the premier and trendy tourist spot of the times.

In addition another seven sites have been given what is called first pass funding which allows them to apply for much higher grants in the future

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