The National Trust have announced that they are reopening some of their larger gardens, including some of our local ones. Personally I’ve really missed our local places. The current list is available here, which also includes details of which properties are currently sold out. (Affiliate link)
Here are all of the reviews of the National Trust properties that have now reopened. As new properties are added to the list I’ll add those reviews to (if I’ve done one). For all of the properties below you now need to pre-book your tickets. Slots are released on a Friday and you can book one week in advance (two for Waddesdon). You can book up to 18 hours in advance of your chosen time slot. You cannot just turn up on the day in case there are any empty slots.
You can find all of my National Trust reviews in the dedicated NT / EH section of the website. Just click here to view them all.
Social distancing measures at National Trust properties
You will find a lot of changes have happened since lockdown. As the larger National Trust properties start reopening there will be a significant reduction on the number of people visiting at any one time. There will be no tickets available on the day. Playgrounds will continue to be closed, as will shops and restaurants until the government guidance is updated. You may find that some natural play trails are still open though. Most properties will have toilets open, but each property will have all of those details on their individual page.
Reviews of the local reopening National Trust properties
No booking required. If the car park at Ashridge is full, or you prefer somewhere quieter then there’s additional car parks around the estate including Ling Ride.
If there are no tickets left for Waddesdon you can always try a walk along the Waddesdon Greenway which starts at the car park.
No pre-booking required but limited car park space.
I’ll be keeping this list of National Trust properties up to date as new ones are reopening as they feel able to. There are other properties that are open, I just haven’t reviewed / visited them yet. Just to reiterate, currently the houses themselves (and indoor spaces such as outbuildings) are closed.
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook