Some National Trust sites to reopen in June
From June 3, The National Trust will reopen around 29 gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland.
The move comes after prime minister Boris Johnson announced that more lockdown restrictions will be lifted in England from Monday. Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland executive has sought to reopen outdoor spaces in the country.
The sites will initially be open for individuals who have purchased pre-booked tickets, with the intake set to increase in the coming days. Visitor numbers will be restricted to around a third of the usual capacity.
However, facilities at the sites such as shops, campsites, houses and cottages will not be open at this time.
Meanwhile, The Royal Horticultural Society is set to reopen four gardens in England with a pre-booking system in place for visitors.
The National Trust’s director general, Hilary McGrady, warned that things will be “very different” at its sites, despite the Trust’s desire to reopen gardens and parklands where possible.
With regards to parking access, most car parks based on the coasts or in the countryside are open, but the Trust said that a pre-booking system may need to be introduced for busier parking sites, or they could have to close.