THE National Trust has reopened some of their car parks as the lockdown restrictions are eased.
Car parks and outdoor spaces will be opening from today, while cafes and properties are to remain closed.
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They said in a statement: “We’re prioritising opening our gates and offering beautiful outdoor spaces first, and always in line with Government guidance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“From Wednesday 13 May, we’ll start opening some car parks in England, so people can access fresh air, open space and nature.
“Car parks which are staffed and have facilities, will take longer.”
The announcement follows the lowering of outdoor activity by the government, with Brits now allowed to drive with no distance restrictions, and have no limit on going outside.
Social distancing rules must still be followed, however, and restrictions will be reintroduced if cases of coronavirus spike.
The National Trust warn that car parks will remain closed in Wales and Northern Ireland due to different lockdown rules.
Both regions still advise “Stay at Home” messages in contrast with England.
National Trust cafés, shops, gardens and houses will remain closed but will be the next to open in due course.
Visitors may also be unable to enter without booking tickets ahead of time.
They added: “We know this means that when we reopen we’ll need to carefully manage visitor numbers.
“And we know the safest way to do this is through an online pre-booking system. This is new for us and we’ve had to work fast to get it in place.”
Entry to gardens and parks was free in March, to allow social distancing families to visit, but were quickly forced to close after groups flouted the rules.
We’ve rounded up the best National Trust properties featured in films to visit when they reopen again.
Scenes in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Pride and Prejudice have all been filmed in the stately homes across the UK.
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