Those who love visiting National Trust properties while on tour will be pleased to hear that the organisation is planning to open some of its parks and gardens on the 3rd June, but its houses will remain closed for the time being.

The Trust has already opened 200 car parks in England and Northern Ireland for people to access coastal and countryside destinations in its care, although spaces are limited and in some cases must be booked in advance. Properties in Wales remain closed.

Booking is essential for entry into the parks and gardens and visitors will be turned away if they haven’t booked, even if they are members. You will be given an entry time slot and may have to follow a one-way system during your visit. Booking opens Friday, 29 May for the week ahead. All bookings should be made on the preceding Friday for the following week.

Among those estates to open will be Corfe Castle in Dorset, Hardwick in Derbyshire, Sissinghurst Garden in Kent, Lyme Park in Cheshire, Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and Castle Coole in Northern Ireland. For further information on which sites (including car parks) are to open, how to book and what to expect, visit