The National Trust will, where possible, open as many of its gardens and parks for free. However, they will be closing its houses, cafes and shops to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Following the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, Director General Hilary McGrady announced that the National Trust’s pay-for-entry sites including houses, cafes and shops, would close by this Friday (March 20).
McGrady said the charity would work hard to keep as many of the Trust’s gardens and parklands open, free of charge. Alongside coast and countryside, encouraging the nation to enjoy open space, if appropriate, during the pandemic. Whilst adhering to the government’s social distancing guidance.
Hilary McGrady said:
“The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation. We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive.
Over the coming weeks we will do all that we can to keep on providing public benefit through caring for places and giving people access wherever possible.
While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space and to nature, beauty and history.”