Kirby Hall, Corby, Northamptonshire. Family group walking in the gardens with main house in the background.
Kirby Hall, Corby, Northamptonshire © Historic England PLB N071809
Kirby Hall, Corby, Northamptonshire © Historic England PLB N071809

Heritage is Open

Enjoying the historic environment as lockdown eases

From 4 July some leisure facilities and tourist attractions can reopen if they can do so safely – including museums, galleries, libraries, places of worship and community centres. Some outdoor sites, such as Kew Gardens and Historic Royal Palaces are open already, with special measures to ensure social distancing.

We know that heritage and visiting historic places enhances our wellbeing and quality of life. There are lots of great ways you can enjoy the historic environment whilst staying safe. Check out some suggestions below.

Please make sure you continue to follow the government’s social distancing guidelines, including maintaining a 2 metre distance and avoiding public transport where possible.

Historic houses and gardens

Some historic sites are open with special measures in place including pre-booking and limited visitor numbers. Follow the links below to find sites near you and book.

Museums and galleries

Some museums and galleries are opening from 4 July, with special measures in place, including pre-booking and restricted numbers, so we recommend checking the relevant website before you book.

Follow #HeritageIsOpen to stay up to date.

Places of worship

From 4 July, churches and places of worship can open for public services as well as private prayer.

See the government guidance

Your local heritage

Heritage is more than just grand historic houses. The historic environment is all around you, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. Find out about special historic places near you.

Virtual visits

There are lots of collections, exhibitions and historic places you can visit and learn about from home. Here’s some of our favourite virtual content and experiences.

Supporting heritage

Many places are struggling right now and in need of your support. Follow #HeritageIsOpen to find out about how you can offer support.

Are you a museum, gallery or heritage organisation affected by Coronavirus? Find out how we’re supporting the sector and read our guidance on reopening heritage locations

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