When do National Trust tickets go on sale? Entry for gardens and parks explained

Roshina Jowaheer
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From Good Housekeeping

Want to know when National Trust tickets go on sale? The Trust started reopening its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland from early June but the first batch of tickets sold out within hours.

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Its phased reopening saw the introduction of advance bookings to limit visitor numbers and maintain public safety.

All properties and car parks in Wales remain closed as the message is for people to "stay local".

The reopening came after the government updated its advice on visiting ticketed garden venues at the end of May, confirming that people in England can now visit gardens.

It says that people are now permitted to "visit gardens and land maintained for public use as an alternative open space to spend time outdoors".

In Northern Ireland, the Executive permitted the reopening of outdoor spaces as part of step one in its Pathway to Recovery Plan.

When do National Trust tickets go on sale?

When advanced booking tickets first became available for both members and non-members on 29 May, they sold out within hours.

"We have to limit numbers to make sure that visitors and staff will be safe," the National Trust says. "These limited advance tickets do go quickly, and many of our most popular places are now fully booked up to 14 June."

It continues: "But every Friday we release new tickets for the following week, so it’s worth checking back regularly. We’re also opening more gardens and parks every week and increasing the number of tickets available for those places that are already open."

There are now more than 100 gardens and parklands open for advanced bookings only for visits from 15 to 21 June. More than 200 coastal and countryside car parks are also open.

Tickets are free for National Trust members, while non-members pay an admission fee.

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National Trust houses, shops, holiday cottages and campsites will remain closed in line with government guidelines.

What to expect when visiting a National Trust property?

The charity is opening to around a third of its gardens' and parks' normal capacity at any one time. Visitors arriving by car are asked to show pre-booked tickets through their vehicle window before parking. If arriving on foot, your booking is checked by a small team of staff who adhere to social distancing.

Most of the Trust’s countryside and coastal car parks are open, but some car parks with a risk of high demand may need to be closed or be booked in advance. The National Trust is asking people to check property web pages before travelling to see what is open and what needs to be booked.

It also urges visitors to limit how many visits they book, to stay local if they can and avoid busy hotspots.

Photo credit: National Trust Images/James Dobson

Announcing the reopening at the end of May, Director General Hilary McGrady said: "The fresh air, bird song, big skies and open spaces people have missed will be there, but things will be very different, particularly at first. We want to thank people for their patience and support while we gradually begin reopening and welcoming our visitors."

The booking system is available on individual property web pages via www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

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