June downpours hit Kent tourism

Canterbury Cathedral
Image caption Visit Kent blamed heavy rain and the economic climate for the downturn in visitor numbers in June

About 9,000 fewer visitors came to Kent in June compared to the same month last year - amid the wettest June in England and Wales since records began.

Visit Kent, the group which promotes the county, collected information from 38 attractions including Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.

It said gardens saw a 24% drop in numbers, larger attractions reliant on tours fell 18% and museums were up 19%.

It blamed the rain, economic climate and exchange rates for the downturn.

The total number of visitors to Kent in June was 474,761, compared to 483,772 in the same month last year - a fall of around 2%.

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