Visiting and booking information

Visitors walking in the parkland at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Here you'll find everything you need to know about what to expect from your visit and whether you need to book.

Latest visiting update

You no longer need to pre-book your visit to many places in England and Wales. For smaller properties where booking has been introduced for guided tours, or to manage visitor numbers for other reasons (such as ferry capacity), booking is still required. Pre-booking is still required for some places in Northern Ireland so please check the property webpage before you travel.

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness. 

In England, face coverings are required in shops and recommended in enclosed and crowded areas. In Wales, face coverings are still mandatory indoors, except in places where food and drink are served e.g. cafés and tea rooms. In Northern Ireland, you're required to wear a face covering in many places, unless you're exempt. Face coverings are required on all public transport in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including visitor transport at our places such as shuttle buses. 

Please note that as with many organisations and places across the country, some staff or volunteers are having to self-isolate, so some properties – or parts of properties – are having to temporarily close. Please check the property webpage before you travel for the latest updates and visiting advice.

Places you need to book 

Find out which places you still need to book in advance, and learn how you can join one of our new guided tour experiences.

What to expect from your visit

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We've been accredited with the official 'We're Good To Go' mark from Visit England, Tourism Northern Ireland and Visit Wales recognising that our places are safe to visit and adhere to government guidance.

Please note that as with many organisations and places across the country, some staff or volunteers are having to self-isolate, so some properties – or parts of properties – are having to temporarily close. Please check the property webpage before you travel for the latest updates and visiting advice.

  • Please follow the latest government guidance when you visit. Restrictions vary in England, Wales and Northern Ireland so please follow the relevant guidance for the country you're visiting
  • If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit
  • In line with government guidance in Northern Ireland, you're required to wear a face covering in many places, unless you're exempt. In Wales, face coverings are still mandatory indoors, except in places where food and drink are served e.g. cafés and tea rooms. In England, face coverings are required in shops and recommended in enclosed and crowded areas. 
  • Face coverings are required on all public transport in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including visitor transport at our places such as shuttle buses
  • Please check the property webpage to see which facilities will be open for your visit
  • Dogs need to be on leads at certain places. You can check the property webpage before your visit for the most up to date information and please look out for any signs during your visit
  • Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches

Caring for these places of beauty takes hard work, and with your ongoing support, we’ll be able to continue to conserve the parks and countryside, gardens and historical spaces that we all love. Over the last 125 years, your generosity has helped to protect 780 miles of coastline, thousands of listed buildings and over 200 gardens. It's thanks to your membership and donations that we're able to look after these historical and natural havens for everyone to enjoy for ever.

Find a place to visit

There are so many places waiting for you to explore this summer. Search places to visit and check opening times.