Over 40 historic properties including Osborne and Carisbrooke will re-open to the public on Saturday 4 July, English Heritage has announced.
Following the closure of all of its staffed sites in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the charity will once again be welcoming visitors to its larger sites with outdoor spaces, castles and abbeys with extensive grounds, sites with large historic gardens, and places like Osborne where there is plenty of room to roam.
New measures will be introduced by the charity to ensure the health and wellbeing of members, visitors, volunteers and staff, and those who visit can expect their day out to be a little different with social distancing in place. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, visitor numbers will be limited and all those planning to visit (including Members) will have to book in advance on the English Heritage website and arrive during their time slot. Only those with pre-booked tickets will be permitted entry, although once on site, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like.
Isle of Wight sites re-opening on 4 July:
“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial home on the Isle of Wight. Walk through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples before taking a stroll down to Queen Victoria’s private beach. Please note the house, along with the Swiss Cottage and museum will remain closed.
Sitting high and proud at the heart of the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle has been an artillery fortress, king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Today it’s the quintessential romantic castle, with lots to see and enjoy in the fresh open air. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls, or wander the moat to discover King Charles I’s bowling green. Enjoy the tranquil Princess Beatrice Garden, before meeting the famous Carisbrooke
donkeys. Please note some small indoor spaces including the well house, castle chapel and museum will be closed.