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Warm British castles welcome invasions

Press AssociationPress Association 28/08/2016 By Neil Lancefield

English Heritage is on track to welcome a record-breaking 1.9 million visitors to its castles, palaces and forts this summer due to what it believes has been the "perfect temperature".

The average maximum temperature in England for July and the first half of August was 21 degrees Celsius, according to the UK's Met Office.

This was described by English Heritage as ideal for visiting historic locations, because it is not too hot to entice people to the beach or too cold to make them stay at home.

Some 870,000 people visited the charity's staffed sites such as Stonehenge and Dover Castle last month, making it the busiest July since 2000.

Visitor numbers for August are expected to exceed the previous highest figure of 1.07 million for that month in 2013, leading to this year's summer holiday period being a record breaker.

English Heritage's head of events, Emily Sewell, said: "Over July and August we've seen more and more people enjoying our Roman forts, medieval palaces and historic houses.

"It appears 21 degrees Celsius is the perfect temperature for families to explore castles. Spiral staircases can be a struggle during a heatwave and when it's pouring rain a roofless castle can test anyone, but this summer's fine weather is just right.

"The August bank holiday weekend will be crucial but we're confident that with everything from jousting to Victorian cooking at our sites, we'll have a record-breaking summer holiday."

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