20/03/2020

Free Access To NI National Trust Properties

The National Trust is to open its parks to the public for free.

Announcing the news on Thursday, the trust urged all walkers to heed social distance advice while visiting the sites.

A statement from National Trust Northern Ireland said: "We're aiming to open many of our gardens and parks for free during this difficult time, so everyone can use open spaces to relax and refresh, while following the government's social distancing guidance."

All houses, shops and cafes at National Trust parks have been closed as a precautionary measure.
News Image
Nature expert and writer Andy Beer from the National Trust said: "Although our coast and countryside will be open as usual, we'd encourage people to stay local and enjoy the first moments of spring where they are rather than making an unnecessary journey.

"There are so many small moments of nature that we can enjoy now that spring has arrived, from the first blossom to flower, birdsong and the first leaves unfurling on our trees.

"We've had so much support for our move to keep our outdoor places open which has been really terrific to see. However, we have a responsibility to adhere to government advice and although many can continue to enjoy many of our outdoor places we recognise this weekend is likely to be a challenge.

"To ensure we are encouraging people to stay aware of social distancing, many of our smaller parks and gardens could be closed this weekend. The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top priority."



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

02 December 2020
NOW Group Reach 60,000 JAM Card Users Milestone
The NOW Group has marked International Day of People with Disability by highlighting that there are now some 60,000 JAM card users across the UK and Ireland.
01 December 2020
GP's 'Working Harder Than Ever For Their Patients' - DoH
GP's, like the rest of their health service colleagues, are working harder than ever for their patients.
04 December 2020
No Further Restrictions Before Christmas
NI's non-essential retail and some parts of the hospitality sector will be allowed to reopen again next Friday, as the current circuit breaker restrictions end at midnight on Thursday 10 December. It follows Stormont talks on Thursday, following which Ministers said that there would not be any new restrictions before Christmas.
25 January 2010
Four Shortlisted For Civic Trust Awards
St Malachy's Church in Belfast has been shortlisted to receive an Award or Commendation at the annual Civic Trust Awards, which take place on 12th March in Liverpool.
04 August 2008
Two 'Green' Buses Operating At Giant's Causeway
Translink has introduced two new mini buses to operate the shuttle services at the Giant's Causeway between the visitors centre and the stones. The modern low floor design offers easy access for all with 27 seats on board and room for a passenger in a wheelchair.