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In light of the latest government advice surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the necessity for social distancing and isolation we have been made aware that some of our heritage attractions have taken the decision to close. The latest advice on social distancing can be viewed here

In some cases, closures may be partial or may take the form of reduced hours. If you are planning to visit a heritage house in the coming days and weeks, we would advise you to check the website or telephone the venue before visiting to ensure you have the most up to date information. Many attractions will keep their grounds open for visitors to enjoy at safe distances from others.

We will endeavour to keep you informed of any updates as we are made aware of them and will be updating the pages of individual properties with the latest information.

From all of us at Visit Heritage, we hope you keep safe and healthy during these difficult times.

Birmingham Museums

Birmingham Museums will be closing museum sites to the public from 10am on Wednesday 18 March until Friday 1 May, with the possibility of this being extended.

The grounds to the Historic Properties will remain open for free for anyone who wants to use them. These sites are Aston HallBlakesley HallSoho House, and Sarehole Mill.

Programmes and events will be rescheduled where possible. Further information can be found on the Birmingham Museums website.

The Auckland Project

Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower and Mining Art Gallery will be closed forthwith, with the decision to be reviewed on a regular basis.

The Deer Park will remain open with the request that visitors ‘keep their distance’ and keep away if they have a fever or continuous cough.

The Auckland Project is also helping provide food to the local Bishop Auckland communities. More information can be found on their website

English Heritage

English Heritage have taken the decision to close all staffed historic sites from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. Updates will be provided on any sites that open before this date. Any public events during this period will also be cancelled with automatic refunds issued to those that have bought tickets.

Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. These sites have large open spaces in which visitors can maintain social distancing and are often located in quieter spots away from crowds.




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