Roam free in some of the North West’s prettiest parks and gardens.
Following a two-month closure as a result of the UK lockdown, the National Trust has announced that they’ll be gradually re-opening their uber-pretty parks and gardens, allowing members of the public to enjoy nature again and roam a little more freely in their local areas.
Starting with 29 sites across the UK and Ireland, the selected parks and gardens will re-open their gates again on June 3, with advance bookings required for all visitors.
Helping the parks encourage social distancing regulations, all guests will be required to book their visit in advance via an online booking system – helping to limit the number of people in each park at one time.
The news comes following the government’s latest update on the Coronavirus regulations, which now allow for members of the public to visit ticketed gardens and parklands across England and Northern Ireland. While only a small number of the National Trust’s parks are set to open again next week, the Trust has promised a gradual roll-out across all of its venues, with many more sites re-opening over the coming weeks.
Check out the full list of parks and gardens which will be open again from June 3:
- Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester
- Lyme Park, Cheshire
- Quarry Bank, Cheshire
- Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire
- Gibside, Tyne & Wear
- Wallington, Northumberland
- Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
- Hardwick, Derbyshire
- Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
- Attingham Park, Shropshire
- Belton House, Lincolnshire
- Ickworth, Suffolk
- Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
- Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire
- Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
- Killerton, Devon
- Corfe Castle, Dorset
- Kingston Lacy, Dorset
- Lacock, Wiltshire
London and the South East
- Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
- The Vyne, Hampshire
- Mottisfont, Hampshire
- Polesden Lacey, Surrey
- Stowe, Buckinghamshire
- Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
- Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
- Scotney Castle, Kent
- Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
- Standen House and Garden, West Sussex
- Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
- Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
- Florence Court, County Fermanagh
- Castle Ward, County Down
- Mount Stewart, County Down
- Rowallane Garden, County Down
- Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, County Londonderry
- Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry
- The Argory, County Armagh
While the re-opening is positive news for those looking to explore the great outdoors, the Trust has urged people to stay local and be reasonable with the number of bookings they make when planning their visits. As many of the Trust’s countryside and coastal parks have already re-opened, they’ve also advised that people avoid sites that are already busy, helping to keep visitor numbers manageable for social distancing purposes.
The ticket booking system officially launched today, and you can book your space at your chosen park here.