Kids missing out as attractions get pricier according to charity Go Beyond
Rising ticket prices for popular UK attractions are putting young people at risk of missing out on important life experiences, according to charity Go Beyond, which gives vulnerable youngsters holidays. The charity warns that higher costs for venues such as castles, historic sites, gardens, zoos and theme parks may leave children isolated and lacking confidence. However, some venues have said that they are simply facing rising costs, such as higher energy prices, rising wage bills and VAT increases, which means they have to pass on some of those costs to visitors. For example, tickets for the Titanic visitor centre in Belfast are up 16%, while tickets for Kew Gardens in London are up over 10%.
According to a survey by Barclays, 52% of people think tourist sites are pricier now than they were prior to the current squeeze on family budgets, with two-fifths of those saying they are less likely to spend money visiting these places as a result.