Outlander and heritage tourism

Doune Castle © David Gill

The Outlander series of books and TV series is having an impact on visitor numbers at heritage sites in Scotland (“Outlander tourism effect a ‘double edged sword’“, BBC News 15 February 2020). Doune Castle is reported to have a 200 per cent increase, rising from 38,000 in 2013 to 142,000 in 2008. It is now the fifth most popular Historic Environment Scotland site.

Culloden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland, has also seen a large increase in visitor numbers to over 213,000 in 2018.

Source for Data: ALVA

Donkeys at Carisbrooke Castle

This is one of the more unusual features of Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. This comes from a British Pathe news bulletin of 1963. The castle was placed under state guardianship and is now part of English Heritage.

The well was dug after 1136, and is some 49 m deep. The first recorded mention of the use of donkeys to turn the wheel dates to 1696.

A more recent video from the BBC shows the revised conditions in 2011, although some of the older Ministry signage can still be spotted.

Excavating Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa © David Gill
Lullingstone Roman Villa © David Gill

Lullingstone Roman villa was excavated by Lt.-Col. G.W. Meates from 1949 to 1961. A short film of the excavations was made in 1958 and is now available via the East Anglia Film Archive (EAFA) at UEA.

A post on the guidebooks from the site can be found here.

The Southwold Railway

Bridge over the river Blythe on the Southwold Railway © David Gill
Bridge over the river Blythe on the Southwold Railway © David Gill

The Southwold Railway dates back to 1879 and ran from Southwold on the Suffolk coast to Halesworth. It closed in 1929. Traces of the line can be found, most notably where it cross the river Blythe near Walberswick. The replacement pedestrian bridge uses the original bases.

The Southwold Railway Trust promotes awareness of the heritage of the Southwold Railway.

A film of the railway can be found in the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) in addition to a short film about the last train before closure.

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