THE FUTURE of the city cathedral looks to be in good health after admission prices were slashed by £2 this week and plans put in place to get rid of them altogether within four years.
The charges were introduced back in 2010 to help pay to keep it open seven days a week after it was revealed the average donation by visitors was just 24p.
But four years on the Cathedral finds itself on a more sound financial footing.
And standard admission charges have been cut from £8 to £6 while there are bigger savings for students and those under the age of 18 who get to see the Grade One listed building for free. The original entry fee was £5.
“We have to find a balance between generating much-needed income to care for the two cathedrals and encouraging visitors to enjoy exploring this wonderful building,” said Reverend Canon, Dr David Stone.
“We have listened to the feedback we have received and very much hope that this new charging structure will help us both grow our visitor numbers and attract the funds we need.”
The prices came into play on Monday but entry remains free for all those wishing to pray or light a candle.