All of the National Trust houses, as well as the shops, tearooms, holiday cottages and campsites, remain closed in line with government guidelines. However, most of the Trust's countryside and coastal car parks are now open - although the Cambridgeshire sites ask that visitors book their spaces in advance.
Anglesey Abbey reopened its gardens on June 3, and the parkland at Wimpole Estate opens today, June 9. Visitors are required to book their tickets by 3pm on the day before they visit. Members can book for free, while non-members need to pay when booking. Tickets are released every Friday. Those who arrive without booking will be turned away.
Parking is open at Wicken Fen and Houghton Mill, though the sites themselves are closed. The car parks have been reopened for visitors to enjoy the wider countryside.
Over the coming weeks, more sites will begin reopening, with the same rules applying for all. Tickets should be booked in advance on the property's dedicated web pages, and are free for Trust members, with non-members paying an admission fee.
Arrivals will be asked to show pre-booked tickets before parking. Anyone arriving on foot will have bookings checked by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing.
Hilary McGrady, National Trust director general, 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 charity is also urging visitors to limit how many visits they book, to stay local if they can and to avoid busy hot-spots.
Signs at properties and information ahead of visits will advise visitors how to stay safe during their visit and routes will be marked out.
The booking system will be available on the individual property’s web pages.