Some more good news.
Following the easing of Britain’s lockdown, some more cultural attractions are set to reopen. Last week it was announced that parts of Hampton Court Palace Gardens and Kew Gardens would open their doors — and now many National Trust Parks are poised to follow suit.
The culture and heritage company confirmed that “a small number” of sites would reopen from Wednesday (June 3). It has not yet been confirmed which sites are to open. However, it has been said they will be small “gardens and parklands”. Some large walking spots had previously opened, such as the White Cliffs of Dover.
Lockdown relaxations mean that the public can now travel for exercise and outdoor sunbathing. The National Trust did, however, reiterate that social distancing measures must be kept in place once sites reopen.
“We’re reopening the places you love, gradually, safely and in line with government advice,” said the National Trust on their website. “We are starting to open some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland through advance bookings.
“We’re opening these places at a reduced capacity to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, and places have reached capacity very quickly. New tickets are released every Friday and we’ll continue to add new places over the coming weeks.”
A National Trust spokesperson also added: “Any reopening will need to be phased and gradual, and in order to maintain social distancing and public safety we have a pre-booking system in place. Visits to our gardens and parklands will be available for booking shortly before the reopening of each place. The details of our reopening plans will be published in the coming days.”
It seems that, just in time for summer, we’ll be able to visit some of the country’s best heritage sites. More on site openings will follow.