Brand new visitor centre has opens its doors in York.
1:13pm 27th May 2010
A host of Yorkshire’s finest turned out this morning for the grand opening of new Visitor Centre in York.
Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger from the summer production of Wind in the Willows at York Theatre Royal were the first through the doors. Joining the queue were Cinderella and her troublesome Ugly Sisters from York’s Grand Opera House production, characters from the York Dungeon and a real-life Viking from Jorvik. The characters then toured the city to let visitors and locals know that the new centre is well and truly open for business.
Manager Chris Mason told Minster FM ’the launch has been a fitting tribute to the new centre, which will enable residents and visitors to get the very best out of the city and the wider region. The whole city is behind us and we hope that our customers enjoy the new facilities and services this provision will bring. 1 Museum Street will be the best place to find out what’s on today, this week, this month and this year – whether you’re looking to book a concert, attraction tickets, get travel information or source accommodation.’
Visit York’s Information Centre is a one-stop-shop for all York, Yorkshire and national travel information, offering an accommodation booking service with a local, regional & national reach, and an itinerary planning service to help visitors and locals get the most from their time in York and Yorkshire.
Another new feature of the information centre is the launch of a new exhibition space. The first exhibition, by York Museums Trust, will allow visitors the chance to learn more about the York Castle Museum’s latest attraction. Thomas Ward, the infamous turnkey from York Castle Prison will greet visitors as they enter the display, which will also include artefacts from the museum’s collection.
Gillian Cruddas, Chief Executive of Visit York said, ‘There’s never been a visitor information service like this that has been devised from scratch with the customer in mind. Everything we have put into the design, gift sourcing and information is planned with the visitor in mind. Our aim is to make this centre a flagship for Yorkshire and the very best information service in the country, using the very latest technology – a centre of excellence.’
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