As Covid rules change, the great British staycation begins with beauty and heritage says National Trust Director General

Press release
A family looking at bright coloured flower beds in the garden with a white coloured house behind
Published : 16 Jul 2021 Last update : 20 Jul 2021

As the Government lifts Covid restrictions in England from 19 July, the National Trust is looking forward to welcoming visitors this summer. Social distancing restrictions remain in place in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Following Government guidance, the Trust is lifting social distancing rules from 19 July at the places it cares for in England. The charity recommends that visitors wear face coverings in any area of their visit which is enclosed and crowded.

The Director General of the National Trust, Hilary McGrady says it is time to continue enjoying and caring for our treasure trove of beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, much-loved country homes and gardens as the nation gets set for a staycation summer.

"The UK can offer such fantastic holidays for people desperate to recover from the challenges of the coronavirus lockdowns," she said. 

"We look after some of the finest beaches where people can enjoy a barefoot walk on the shoreline or set up for the day with a picnic. Our countryside and gardens offer solace and space with stunning views. Our historic houses offer the chance to immerse yourself in wonderful collections and interiors, and invite children to imagine the life of a medieval soldier, a kitchen servant or a lord or lady of the manor.

"These amazing places take care and resources to look after and we are immensely grateful to all our members and supporters who help us in this vital role to safeguard our nature and heritage for future generations to enjoy." 

Visitors will no longer need to pre-book at many of the charity’s places in England, although some smaller places may still require booking ahead, so visitors are urged to check the property webpage before they travel. 

Hilary McGrady adds: "We want everyone to enjoy themselves at our places, and the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers remains our top priority. We thank our visitors for showing others kindness and respect as we move forward into this next phase together."