The tourism economy in Lincolnshire will be transformed by an on-going restoration project, it is claimed.
Hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds will be generated by the £19.9 million Lincoln Castle Revealed scheme.
Now tourism officials have said the project will propel the county from a day trip destination to a world-class option for short
break travellers. And businesses leaders say this change will draw more firms to the uphill area of Lincoln. The statements were
made as the latest phase of the Castle project were unveiled.
Mary Powell, the county council’s tourism development manager, says it will be a huge draw for visitors.
“Come 2015, Lincoln will not just be a day trip, it will be a short break destination,” she said.
“Together with the cathedral, Lincoln Castle Revealed will mean there’s too much for people to see in a single day.”
Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln BIG, said: “It’s going to be fantastic. Strategically, it is going to put Lincoln on the
map as a tourist destination. The most critical thing for us now is people not seeing Lincoln as somewhere hidden away, but
“I don’t think it will happen overnight but with the cathedral and the castle and the quality of the spaces and the attractions
we’ve got there, it puts Lincoln into a world class in terms of being a heritage destination.
“It will create a spin off for existing businesses and draw new businesses in, not just up Steep Hill but also High Street.”
The scheme, due to open in April 2015, includes a fully circular wall walk, a purpose-built Magna Carta centre and a heritage
skills centre. And the previously-closed Victorian male prison will be open to the public for the first time in many years.
Matt Felgate, of Bunty’s Tea Room, in Steep Hill, said: “It is going to be brilliant for the Bail and the town, everyone will
benefit from more people coming to the city. I just hope the car parks can cope.”