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The National Trust in Kent & East Sussex – which properties are open now?

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Which National Trust in Kent & East Sussex properties are open now?

More than 200 National Trust car parks are opening this week! We have highlighted some of the National Trust in Kent carparks which are open below, as well as some of our favourites in East Sussex too. Remember to check back on this blog post or sign up to our newsletter for more updates as our favourite local attractions open over the coming weeks and months…

 For now, the National Trust houses remain closed. For anyone visiting one of these National Trust in Kent properties, visitors are advised to plan their visits through the National Trust website, check availability and book where necessary. At venues where pre-booking is required, visitors will be turned away if they haven’t booked beforehand. Places are selling out fairly quickly for some of the properties so it is worth having a look now. Every Friday The National Trust release new bookings for visits the following week.

Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance. You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit. The timeslot is for your arrival time only and the length of time you can stay will depend on the opening times of the place you’re visiting.

You can check the web page of the National Trust property you wish to visit to see opening times and booking availability.   

We have written about our favourite the best National Trusts for kids in Kent and East Sussex which you might find useful too.

So which National Trust in Kent & East Sussex properties are opening?

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Chartwell – The gardens at Chartwell will reopen from 8th June and you’ll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Visitors with access needs are advised to book the last slot due to the one way system in place.  

Emmetts Garden – The gardens and toilets will be open at Emmetts Garden from Monday 15th June! 

Ightham MoteIghtham Mote is open from 15th June – pre-booked tickets only, via the website.  

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Scotney Castle – The garden and estate at Scotney Castle  opened on 3rd June. Visitors need to book tickets in advance. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking.  

Knole The car park at Knole is opening to pre-booked ticket holders only from Monday 8th June. Together with Kent Police, Sevenoaks District Council and the Sackville family’s Knole Estate, The National Trust are urging people to only visit Knole Park if you have a pre-booked ticket, in order to keep the local community, visitors and staff safe. For your own safety, visitors are advised to keep a distance from the wild deer and avoid picnicking or dropping litter.

Polesden Lacey – The car park, gardens and parkland at Polesden Lacey opened on 3rd June. Visitors need to book tickets before in advance. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back. Note – Polesden Lacey is in Surrey (not Kent or East Sussex) but we thought we would include it as it’s not too far from Tunbridge Wells…

Batemans – The garden, car park and toilets at Bateman’s will reopen from 8th June and you’ll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day ​before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing ​tickets every Friday.​ Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven’t booked.

We are so lucky to have so many fantastic National Trust properties on our doorstep and have put together this blog post highlighting the best National Trusts for kids in Kent and East Sussex…Hope you find it helpful.

Birling Gap & Seven Sisters – The pay and display car park is open with limited spaces. The shop, café, toilets & visitor centre are closed. Beach access is open. The steps down to the beach could make it tricky to social distance so it might be best to avoid this for a while or go during a quiet period. Also if you like rock pooling, make sure you check the tide times in advance…

Bodiam CastleThe car park at Bodiam is opening to pre-booked ticket holders only from Monday 8th June. 

Sheffield Park and Garden – The garden and toilets at Sheffield Park and Garden reopened on 3rd June. You’ll need to book tickets before you visit. The car park and parkland are open and do not need to be booked.

Standen House and Garden – The car park, garden and toilet facilities at Standen re-opened on 3rd June. Visitors need to book tickets in advance.   

Wakehurst – The gardens are currently open for a limited numbers of people who can get to Wakehurst safely and enjoy the fresh air. You must book a time slot in advance here

Remember to book ahead for whichever property you are planning to visit. You’ll need to go onto the property’s page on the National Trust website and go to the ‘what’s on’ section for that venue to book.


Do you have a favourite National Trust in Kent & East Sussex property? Was it included in this blog post? If not, please do let us know! 

For more inspiration on places to visit outdoors, here are 30 top walks for families in Kent and East Sussex!

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