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Would you be happy to visit a National Trust garden next week?

The National Trust has just announced that from June 3 it will begin a phased re-opening of some of its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland with advance bookings needed to limit visitor numbers and maintain public safety.

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. And in Northern Ireland, the Executive permitted the reopening of outdoor spaces as part of step one in its Pathway to Recovery Plan.

From next Wednesday the Trust will begin a phased and gradual re-opening of a small number of its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland. Over the coming weeks more places will begin reopening. People will be able to book their tickets in advance on property web pages. These will be free for Trust members, and other visitors will pay an admission fee.

Gardens and open spaces in England and Northern Ireland will start to re-open where social distancing can be observed but will be to around a third of their normal capacity at any one time. Visitors arriving by car will be asked to show pre-booked tickets through their vehicle window before parking. Those arriving on foot will have bookings checked by a small team of staff who will adhere to social distancing.

Most of the Trust’s countryside and coastal car parks are now open, but car parks with a risk of high demand may need to be closed, and some may need to be booked in advance.

Visitors are asked to check property web pages before travelling to see what is open and what needs to be booked. All admission to gardens and parklands will be by pre-booked ticket only.

All the Trust’s houses, shops, holiday cottages and campsites remain closed in line with government guidelines. All car parks and properties in Wales remain closed in line with Welsh Government guidance.

Are you a National Trust member? Would you be happy to visit a National Trust garden next week or do you feel it is still too soon? Are you suffering from FOGO (Fear of Going Out)? Without the full National Trust experience of café and shop will it lose some of its appeal? 

Would you be happy to visit a National Trust garden next week?

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Pippy1
4 days ago
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I have already gone to two lovely gardens since restrictions were eased, One was part of Kew one not, but both were wonderful, with a booking system and time to go in with most properties, so you don't get too many people. They are huge spaces and always somewhere to sit on your own and reflect. The best day out in the present climate. Hopefully most will have a spot for a tea or coffee outside too.
Tallguy01
10th Jun 2020
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Excellent idea, most NT Gardens, are in quite spectecular locations, and well worth the effort to visit.

Given the limited amount of locations that are officially open, this is one aspect of the lockdown lessening that I fully support.

Sadly after walking around the Garden's location, the is no option of either visiting a nearby coffee shop, or indeed sampling a pint of the local visit.

Mind you step one the Gardens, is better than nothing
Irene88
5th Jun 2020
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Are they reducung the prices - many off these places are quite expensive.
olivep
2nd Jun 2020
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I would love to visit any NT property near to where we live. My only concern is that there will not be any toilets or food outlets open -- oh dear!
I know you could take your own sandwiches/drinks with you - but we all need to use the toilet, so that is the big concern.
Grandmazza
5th Jun 2020
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I am with you Olivep. The ladies is always my first stop when I arrive.
olivep
6th Jun 2020
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....followed by a nice cup of coffee, and then we're ready to explore. We know where our priorities lie Grandmazza … lol
NickyHyde
12th Jun 2020
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We visited Waddesdon Manor last week and toilets were open and coffee shop was open for takeaway ☕️
Pippy1
4 days ago
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Now in July all toilets were open with both having a tent outside selling snacks. Sheffield Park was due to open its cafe any day.
Mari50
1st Jun 2020
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I would love to go to a NT garden but there is none near me. I have no transport to get me there either. I am disabled so it will be difficult for me. If I travel too far by back seizes up. In Cornwall there are few NT gardens as now everything is grey with building. I have never been to the Eden project!!!!

Reading through other views I think that members should be asked first as they pay a subscription.
dnichollntlworldcom
31st May 2020
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I would be happy to visit the gardens but if the toilets and restaurants are not available and you travel a distance what are you ment to do when the need arises to use the toilet or eat some food. One has to bear in mind that a good number of visitors are older and often using medication which necessitates regular visits to the bathroom or because of diabetes need to eat regularly!
marionscott
30th May 2020
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a bit too early and too many people
KandisA
30th May 2020
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I am a NT member and love visiting the gardens but I would not be going whilst you have to pre book. I understand why they are doing it but pre booking something like that is not for me.
MarjorieS2
30th May 2020
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I bought a gift for my future so-in-law's birthday last august. He has managed 2 visits and now all places near are booked up a waste of money.
ros67
30th May 2020
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It’s No because there will probably still be too many people there for comfort because of peoples desire to be somewhere different and even with controls in place, I think it will become uncomfortable. I’m sure a few more weeks for the hordes to die down won’t matter too much.
MaryS783
30th May 2020
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I have checked every property that is on the list and the whole length and breath of England all are fully booked they were by 9.15 on Friday Morning, what hope do members have of visiting any property even near their homes at all. It would seem only NON MEMBERS of which I know at least four all logged in on the site and booked for Calke before we even knew which sites were open - you have had our money but chose not to let your members go to any property at all. Once again fleece the members and let in the general public who do not support you all year round. Two very disgruntled members.
VictoriaS5
2nd Jun 2020
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Double income for NT - no recognition of loyalty for its members. I have written and complained but guess what NO REPLY. Keep trying your properties. I did get lucky and two tickets popped up for Clumber Park. It's hard work and could be much more helpful for members but they have seen an opportunity and like the rest taken advantage.
VictoriaS5
30th May 2020
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we are members and would love to go but can't get tickets. NT are selling to non members and we don't get a chance. Our membership fee was paid in March and we haven't visited any properties yet this year. Why arn't they giving priority to members like golf clubs?
Yagala
30th May 2020
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I would be ecstatic if I could visit a national trust garden next week, but alas as I am disabled without any kind of transport and no family members, it would be quite impossible for me to go.
HappyHippie
30th May 2020
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while people are still dying I don't want to go anywhere with lots of people, this isn't over yet and will drag ob longer if people start mixing too soon, others can do as they please, me, I'm staying put until its safe x
LR53
30th May 2020
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Only if numbers were restricted. Some gardens don't have a lot of space.
Billythequiche
30th May 2020
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Not yet. 10 weeks ago we were advised to isolate for 12 weeks. While I don't believe that government advice comes "from God's mouth to my ear", it seems to me that we may as well go the full term. It cannot hurt and the National Trust property is not going anywhere. Our holiday to Cornwall has been rebooked for September and I would rather not do anything to jeopardise that.
Belt and braces that's me.
ajs3126
30th May 2020
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Yes we have a local one we can
Walk there to visit just a few minutes away .
MrsPat
30th May 2020
4
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No I think we will stay put in our garden for the times being
Rosedeb
30th May 2020
3
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I would be quite pleased to go as a member, but think that it may be difficult to get a ticket - perhaps it would be an idea for the trust to give an opportunity for members to book their most visited properties by email; as they know which ones you visit most
I think that if tickets are not allocated fairly then they will lose members
alistuttard
30th May 2020
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As long as measures for social distancing and limited numbers were in place I’d be happy to visit NT gardens and parklands. My only reservation would be the lack of open toilet facilities so we’d probably wait until later down the line when the loos are open again!
Dezzi
30th May 2020
5
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For myself it would be to soon as I am described as extreme high risk due to health conditions and age.

When I am advised by the NHS and government that I may resume outside activities I will need to be assured that distance identifications remain in place where I go. I shall be very cautious.

If other people are free to move from their home then I am sure there will be such excitement that some people may forget to keep at a safe distances.

We shall have to wait and see what happens once visits to these areas begin.
Northern Silver
30th May 2020
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I’m perfectly happy to go to a park, or somewhere similar outdoors for a walk. It’s not happening in in Scotland yet, but I’ll go as soon as it does...
However I would still be anxious about indoor spaces- it will be a long time before I am comfortable enough to stroll round Tesco’s, or to sit in a restaurant.
HelenB1145
30th May 2020
2
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Love to visit NT properties, so long as visitor numbers are limited and it's a garden or large open space property I would be happy to visit. (Same would apply to zoos and wildlife parks) As charges and pre- booking apply with timed arrival slots and social distancing measures in place, I am confident it would be safe and would forward to it
WilliamC39
29th May 2020
2
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Certainly,,,have been to our local big fabulous garden centre today,,
I look forward to the opening of all Trust properties
Retiredyorkie
29th May 2020
2
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Yes I would be pleased to visit a lovely garden, just as long as everyone abided by the distancing rules.

The only thing would be the entry prices that will put people off as those most able to visit would be retired people, fur load people and the unemployed who probably would not have the finances to be able to go unfortunately.
Valleyman
29th May 2020
3
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I can understand distancing around the park, but to be honest I worry about the toilets. I would love to go (especially if they had a free month?) but I'd be taking disinfectant spray.
Supersabre
29th May 2020
4
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Never mind the virus, the entry price will put you off, as Viking stated.
viking
29th May 2020
5
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Why not , but I do think that the NT non membership prices will keep people away in spite of the virus.
JP257
29th May 2020
4
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I would be very happy to visit a National Trust garden as long as social distancing precautions in place. Have to leave the house at some point.
Wilf
29th May 2020
4
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Yes I would be very happy to go. There are a few lovely gardens near us and we would social distance. With this incredible weather its a good time to be out and about at last...so long as we all keep our distance!
swaneldo
29th May 2020
2
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I'm not going anywhere where people gather for quite a while yet as I'm sure people will be so elated everywhere will be even more crowded. I don't feel we're out of the woods yet by any means.
Felix1
29th May 2020
4
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I,m being extra cautious, no.

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