According to new figures published today, more than 10 million people visited Church of England’s Cathedrals last year. The research according to new figures published last week in the Church of England’s Cathedral Research and Statistics Report. Research also revealed that the highest motivating factors for Cathedral attendance were peace and contemplation, worship and music and friendly atmosphere.
Other key findings were that the number of young people attending educational events at cathedrals increased by nearly 14% between 2004 and 2014 and that over the last ten years the number of volunteers supporting the mission and ministry of cathedrals has risen to 15,200.
The Very Reverend Christopher Dalliston, the Dean of St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle,said:
“One of the things we’ve done is to try to respond to the number of tourists and visitors. We’ve developed a chaplaincy scheme so as well as having welcomers to help people who want to come and explore we can articulate clearly the spiritual dimension of the cathedral and we have found that’s been enormously appreciated”.