‘Welcome back, we’ve missed you’ is the message from National Trust as they start to reopen their beautiful gardens and parklands.
And across the country almost 50 stunning places are reopening as from June 3 and some of those are in the North East.
Gibside, near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, and Wallington, at Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland, are among those opening to the public but all houses remain closed for now.
But before you visit you must book in advance to gain an entry time.
On the National Trust website it says: “We want to make it as easy as possible for you to visit the places you love, and enjoy the landscapes and nature we’ve all missed.
“We’ve already reopened more than 200 coast and countryside car parks. From 3 June, we’re opening a small number of gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland.
“To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we’ve reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance.
“Sadly, we can’t open everywhere at once, but we’re working hard to open more places as soon as possible.”
It added: “We’re following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.
“We’ve introduced advanced booking at some places to help manage visitor numbers and maintain safe, social distancing. All visitors must book in advance for the places listed, even if you’re a member. “Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away.”
The website adds: “We’re offering priority for key workers.
“To say thank you to our nation’s key workers and all they have done for us, we’re prioritising the first and last timeslots each day for their use. Please share in our thanks and leave these free. If you or someone in your group are a key worker, please take the opportunity to book these early and late timeslots.”
How to book
Booking gardens and parklands
All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
The timeslot is for your arrival time only and the length of time you can stay will depend on the opening times of the place you’re visiting.
You can check the web page of the place you wish to visit to see opening times and booking availability. Every Friday we’ll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.
Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit
For more information and to book in advance visit the National Trust website here.