National Trust reopens some of its properties today – with one-way systems, pre-booking and caps on numbers

THE National Trust has reopened some of their properties from today as restrictions are lowered across the UK.

Five properties across England are welcoming guests back for the first time since the pandemic.

While garden and outdoor spaces have been able to reopen, along with car parks and toilets, many of the houses and estates stayed close.

Yet the new government guidelines, which allowed the tourism industry to restart from July 4, will see a number of them now able to open.

From today, the following estates will welcome tourists back:

  • Barrington Court, Somerset
  • Kingston Lacy, Dorset
  • Lyme, Cheshire
  • Oxburgh, Norfolk
  • Petworth, West Sussex

The Argory in County Armagh will open from July 15 while​ Packwood in Warwickshire will follow suit in July 17.

All other properties remain closed until further notice.

Guests will also have to prebook tickets to the gardens and outdoor spaces as they are still limiting capacity to allow social distancing to continue.

More than 130 gardens and parklands are already open, along with 200 car parks.

However, this doesn't guarantee access to the houses – they explain on the website: "If you book a ticket for entry to the gardens and parks listed above, you may also be able to visit the house.

"But visits to the houses will be limited to ensure safe, social distancing and so we cannot guarantee you’ll be able to view the house on the day you visit."

Other rules in place will be one-way systems.

Booking tickets can only be done on a weekly basis, with current tickets available from July 13 to July 19.

New bookings are released every Friday, with slots able to be booked 18 hours beforehand.

Tarnya Cooper from the National Trust, said: "We're really grateful to our members and supporters for sticking with us during lockdown.

"This is the first time in 16 weeks we've been able to contemplate reopening our houses."

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