It was just last Friday that I cut and paste some of the ideas that were being promoted by the City Council for the future of The Castle and Robin Hood. If you read the blog you might have also read the interesting comment made by Bakersfieldlad – one of my regular contributors! Worryingly he made reference to a blog written by a Canadian visitor…
I am at risk of being just grumpy about our lack of using Robin and The Castle – but if you want a third party view read this young travellers brutally honest view of us a city. It’s here. If you are of a sensitive disposition and think that we have got it even half right go here instead.
As I picked up my Nottingham Post on Friday night my heart sank even further. It seems that visitor numbers have fallen through the floor at the Castle. in 2010 we had 266,490 – in 2011 that had fallen to 170,225. A drop of 36%. Wow. At £5.50 a pop that’s quite a drop in revenue too.
Well, because the Castle is crap. It’s not a Castle, but that could be overcome. The cafe is poor. The art is dated – and of limited interest. Robin Hood plays too small a part. The story of Nottingham is demoted to the basement. The Cave tour is not a great experience. Once in a lifetime is plenty.
It shouldn’t be like this. Good luck to the Castle Committee – but they need to act quickly though… Before it’s too late and those visitor blogs start spreading!