National Trust sites have been closed across the UK due to the coronavirus crises.

However from June 3, some of its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland will start to reopen in phases.

The announcement comes after the UK government updated its advice on ticketed garden venues on May 23, confirming that people in England can now visit gardens and land maintained for public use.

Visitors can expect to see a number of changes when visiting one of the reopened sites, from booking tickets to food and drink.

Signs at properties and information ahead of visits will advise visitors how to stay safe during their visit and routes will be marked out.

Hilary McGrady, National Trust director general, said: "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.”

Countryside views at Limpsfield Common

1. Advanced bookings

People will have to book tickets in advance online instead of walking straight in.

There will be booking portals on individual property websites.

For those who are unable to book online you can call the booking team on 0344 249 1895.

Entry will remain free for trust members, and other visitors will pay an admission fee.

2. Not everything will be open

For now, houses remain closed and all places in Wales remain closed following Welsh government advice.

All the trust’s shops, holiday cottages and campsites remain closed in line with government guidelines.

Most of the cafés remain closed for now.

3. Car window

Your tickets and membership card will be checked through your car window.

Visitors should show their tickets on their phone, and at some places they may be asked to share their name and booking number.

To maintain social distancing, we’re asking visitors not to pass anything to the staff.

Those arriving on foot will be checked by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing.

4. Children’s play areas

Natural play trails which encourage people to explore and allow for social distancing will be open, however formal playgrounds and play areas will remain closed.

5. Picnics

These are allowed as long as government guidelines on social distancing is followed.

Benches and picnic tables will be available where they are dispersed.

There will be a limited range of take-away refreshments available at some sites.

6. Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be provided at each site.

7. Car parks

You will need to book a car parking ticket in advance even if you are a trust member (it will still be free for members).

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8. Visitor cap

The trust is initially capping its visitor numbers at 30% of capacity.

This will be reviewed on a place by place basis going forward.

9. Time slots

Half-hour arrival time slots will be available to book online.

The last slot will be one hour before usual closing. Properties can choose their own opening hours, which will be advertised on their web page.

One week of booking will be opened at a time. The following week’s booking will open at a fixed point the week before. Booking closes at 3pm the day before the visit.

10. Time limit

Some busier properties and those with limited space may introduce a two-hour stay limit.

This information will be on the booking system before you book a ticket as well as on your ticket itself.

11. Walking routes

You may be asked to follow arrows, follow a one-way system, or slow your pace.

12. Face masks

Visitors may wear face masks should they wish.

Staff will not be required to wear face masks,