Record visitor numbers for Royston cave

A RECORD number of visitors have passed through the doors of Royston Cave this year. Despite being closed for the month of June, while experts studied the rate of deterioration in the cave, 2,500 people have so far visited the cavern to view its 12th cent

A RECORD number of visitors have passed through the doors of Royston Cave this year.

Despite being closed for the month of June, while experts studied the rate of deterioration in the cave, 2,500 people have so far visited the cavern to view its 12th century carvings. This compares to 1,100 people in 2007.

Cave manager James Robinson said: "Next year we are predicting even more visitors as word gets round that Royston has a unique treasure hidden beneath its busy streets."

The cave is now closed for the winter season, but will re-open for special candle-light visits during the Royston Christmas market.


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Trustees of the cave are still awaiting the results of the conservator's report from English Heritage, and will be hoping to put into effect an agreed action plan to help conserve the Cave for future generations.

It will reopen as usual at Easter time, and if anyone is interested in helping to keep Royston Cave open to the public by doing the occasional guiding session should contact the Royston town hall. Training will be given.

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