Coronavirus UK: National Trust castles and homes reopen gardens

National Trust castles and stately homes across Britain reopen their gardens today… but nearly ALL are already fully booked to visitors

  • Historic stately homes and gardens are reopening to visitors across Britain today
  • Nearly all of the sites are fully booked, and visitors must buy tickets in advance
  • Scotney Castle in Kent, Belton House in Lincolnshire and Killerton House & Grounds in Exeter are among the fully booked National Trust sites open today

Historic sites across Britain have reopened their gardens today – but almost every one is fully booked to visitors. 

Scotney Castle in Kent, Belton House in Lincolnshire and Killerton House & Grounds in Exeter are among the fully booked National Trust sites open today, as Britain continues to ease itself out of strict lockdown.

The gardens of Beningbrough Hall in North Yorkshire have also reopened to the public, but capacity is limited to ensure social distancing, and those who have not booked in advance will be turned away, the Yorkshire Post reported. 

The Georgian country house itself will remain closed but the parkland, gardens and toilets are accessible.

More tickets for the reopening week will be available on the National Trust website every Friday. 

Visitors pass the mansion as they walk separately from others during country walks at Attingham Park in Shropshire

Members of the public get their first chance to look around Corfe Castle in Dorset today

Members of the public get their first chance to look around Corfe Castle in Dorset today

Visitors walk separately from others through the walled garden during country walks at Attingham Park in Shropshire today

Visitors walk separately from others through the walled garden during country walks at Attingham Park in Shropshire today

It was announced in late May that some of Britain’s most treasured public gardens would be reopening this month.

The National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society said they would open the gates to some of their properties to those who buy tickets in advance.

Members of both organisations still need to book their visits to the grounds ahead of time.

The properties include the grounds of Cliveden, the Berkshire setting for the Profumo Affair, in the south east, as well as Corfe Castle in Dorset.

There is also the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and the rolling grounds of Attingham Park in Shropshire.

Corfe Castle, Dorset: The National Trust is initially re-opening gardens at 29 of its more than 500 heritage properties from today, with more sites opening in the coming weeks

Corfe Castle, Dorset: The National Trust is initially re-opening gardens at 29 of its more than 500 heritage properties from today, with more sites opening in the coming weeks

Visitors stay socially distanced while admiring blooms during country walks at Attingham Park in Shropshire today

Visitors stay socially distanced while admiring blooms during country walks at Attingham Park in Shropshire today

The National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society said they would open the gates to some of their properties to those who buy tickets in advance (pictured: Attingham Park in Shropshire today)

The National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society said they would open the gates to some of their properties to those who buy tickets in advance (pictured: Attingham Park in Shropshire today)

Members of the public get their first chance to look around Corfe Castle in Dorset today

Members of the public get their first chance to look around Corfe Castle in Dorset today

Other major sites opening include RHS Wisley in Surrey, as well as Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, and Kew Gardens in London. 

The National Trust is initially re-opening gardens at 29 of its more than 500 heritage properties from today, with more sites opening in the coming weeks. 

All Trust houses and shops remain closed, along with holiday cottages and campsites. The charity is urging people to limit how many visits they book.

Director-general Hilary McGrady had said: ‘We want to provide safe, local, welcoming spaces for people, and wherever possible we will open our gardens and parks, and coast and countryside car parks.

‘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.’ 

WHAT NATIONAL TRUST SITES ARE OPEN TODAY? 

The National Trust has reopened several historic sites across the country - but many of them have been fully booked out

The National Trust has reopened several historic sites across the country – but many of them have been fully booked out

These National Trust gardens and parklands opened on Wednesday 3 June: 

South West:

  • Corfe Castle, Dorset
  • Kingston Lacy, Dorset (Fully booked)
  • Killerton, Devon (Fully booked)
  • Lacock, Wiltshire (Fully booked)

Midlands:

  • Attingham Park, Shropshire (Fully booked)
  • Belton House, Lincolnshire (Fully booked)
  • Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire (Fully booked)
  • Calke Abbey, Derbyshire (Fully booked)
  • Hardwick, Derbyshire (Fully booked)

London and the South East:

  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire (Fully booked)
  • Hinton Ampner, Hampshire (Fully booked)
  • Mottisfont, Hampshire (Fully booked)
  • Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Fully booked)
  • Stowe, Buckinghamshire (Fully booked)
  • Scotney Castle, Kent (Fully booked)
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent (Fully booked)
  • Standen House and Garden, West Sussex (Fully booked)
  • Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex (Fully booked)
  • The Vyne, Hampshire (Fully booked)
  • Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire (Fully booked)

North:

  • Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire (Fully booked)
  • Gibside, Tyne & Wear (Fully booked)
  • Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester (Fully booked)
  • Lyme, Cheshire (Fully booked)
  • Quarry Bank, Cheshire (Fully booked)
  • Wallington, Northumberland (Fully booked)

East of England:

  • Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire (Fully booked)
  • Ickworth, Suffolk (Fully booked)
  • Sutton Hoo, Suffolk (Fully booked)
  • Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire (Fully booked)

Northern Ireland:

  • Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
  • Castle Ward, County Down (Fully booked)
  • Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, County Londonderry
  • Florence Court, County Fermanagh
  • Mount Stewart, County Down (Fully booked)
  • Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry
  • Rowallane Garden, County Down (Fully booked)
  • The Argory, County Armagh (Fully booked)

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