A new admission pricing policy has been introduced at Towneley Hall, Burnley.
From 1st January 2017 all adults are being asked to pay an admission fee to enter the historic hall. Previously the charge only applied to adults living outside Burnley borough.
The new policy means that all adult visitors are asked to pay a £5 charge which buys a 12-month pass, allowing them to visit the hall as many times as they want over a year from the date of purchase.
Students and children aged 17 and under can continue to visit for free.
Councillor Bea Foster, Burnley Council’s executive member for leisure and culture, said: “We’ve reluctantly had to take the decision to introduce an entrance charge for borough residents. This decision was taken in light of severe cuts to Government funding and is part of a wider series of measures to balance the council’s budget.
“A £5 annual pass allows 12 months’ access to Towneley Hall, which is recognised as one of the north west’s leading tourist attractions, and all its wonderful history.”
Burnley Corporation purchased Towneley Hall and 62 acres of parkland from Lady O’Hagan in 1902, for around £2 million in today’s money. At the time the hall was empty and most of the oak trees in the woodland had been felled. The hall and surrounding park was subsequently restored and is now a popular visitor attraction.