The National Trust has announced that its houses and properties across England and Wales will begin to open from today (Monday 17 May), in line with government guidelines. Those in Scotland are expected to begin opening from 24 May.
As restrictions lift in many parts of the United Kingdom ease today, hospitality and other venues are able to start welcoming customers back indoors, including at National Trust buildings.
While visitors will be able to explore the properties indoors, social distancing measures will remain in place and guests must wear masks unless exempt for medical reasons.
The Trust advise all visitors to book their visit before attending, as there will be reduced capacity to help maintain social distancing regulations.
While booking isn’t essential and may not be an issue for weekday visits, obtaining tickets first is advised to guarantee your entry when you arrive. This will be especially important for busier times such as weekends.
You can find out more and book tickets on the National Trust website.
Director General of the National Trust, Hilary McGrady says, “This is a big moment that we have all looked forward to for months as we welcome people back safely, to spend time together at their favourite properties.
“Hundreds of our parks, gardens and countryside locations have already reopened, but we know how much our members and supporters have been looking forward to returning to see our houses and collections again.”
Gardens and outdoor areas of many National Trust venues were able to remain open during parts of the pandemic, allowing visitors to enjoy nature and experience history safely in the open air.
While the properties have been closed to the public, restoration works have been able to table place at a number of locations, including Monk’s House in East Sussex, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland and Nostell in Yorkshire.
The Tudor manor pictured at the top of this article is the National Trust's Speke Hall, Liverpool.
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