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National Trust reopening houses to visitors in Northern Ireland and England

By the end of the week a total of seven properties will be open in England an Northern Ireland.

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Many National Trust gardens have already been reopened (Ben Birchall/PA)

Many National Trust gardens have already been reopened (Ben Birchall/PA)

Many National Trust gardens have already been reopened (Ben Birchall/PA)

The National Trust has reopened a small number of its houses to visitors for the first time since they all closed due to lockdown.

By the end of the week, a total of seven properties will be open in England and Northern Ireland.

All visitors – including members – must book their day out in advance to restrict numbers and ensure social distancing guidelines are followed, the charity said.

On Monday, Barrington Court in Somerset, Kingston Lacy in Dorset, Lyme in Cheshire, Oxburgh in Norfolk and Petworth in West Sussex all reopened.

The Argory in County Armagh will welcome visitors from Wednesday and Packwood in Warwickshire will follow on Friday.

Limited tickets for the following week will go on sale every Friday, according to the charity’s website.

More than 130 gardens and parklands have been gradually opened by National Trust since last month.

The facilities were originally shut in March as the Government implemented strict social distancing measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

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