National Trust is opening 29 of its parks and gardens to the public from NEXT WEEK… but which ones are open nearest you?
- The National Trust said it will be reopening 29 of its public gardens from June 3
- But trust houses and shops will stay closed, along with cottages and campsites
- The Royal Horticultural Society is also set to reopen its four gardens from June 1
Some of Britain’s most treasured public gardens will reopen next week, it was announced yesterday.
The National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society said they will be throwing open the gates of some of their properties to those who buy tickets in advance next week.
Members of both of the organisations will also need to book their visits to the grounds ahead of schedule.
The properties include the grounds of Cliveden (pictured), the Berkshire setting for the Profumo Affair
There is also the stunning Corfe Castle in Dorset (pictured), in the south west of the country
The properties include the grounds of Cliveden, the Berkshire setting for the Profumo Affair, in the south east, as well as the stunning 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.
Other major sites opening include RHS Wisley in Surrey, as well as Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, and Kew Gardens in London.
In the Midlands region the rolling grounds of Attingham Park in Shropshire will be open to the public
The National Trust will initially re-open gardens at 29 of its 500-plus heritage properties from June 3.
More sites will open over the coming weeks where social distancing can be observed.
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.
Up north, Beningbrough Hall in North Yorkshire (pictured in March) will also feature in the list
Director-general Hilary McGrady 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.’
The RHS said it was opening its four gardens from June 1 – Wisley in Surrey; Hyde Hall in Essex; Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire and Rosemoor in Devon.
SITES YOU CAN VISIT
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Belton House, Lincolnshire
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
London and South East
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Scotney Castle, Kent
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
Standen House & Garden, W. Sussex
Sheffield Park & Garden, E. Sussex
The Vyne, Hampshire
East of England
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
Castle Ward, County Down
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, County Londonderry
Florence Court, County Fermanagh
Mount Stewart, County Down
Portstewart Strand, Co Londonderry
Rowallane Garden, County Down
The Argory, County Armagh
Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire
Gibside, Tyne & Wear
Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester
Quarry Bank, Cheshire