THE National Trust has reopened more properties to visitors since they closed in March due to the UK-wide lockdown - this includes well-loved sites in Dorset.

More than 135 gardens and parklands are open through advance booking along with 20 houses in England and Northern Ireland.

Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are also open, the majority of which do not require booking.

Advanced booking has been introduced to help manage visitor numbers and maintain safe, social distancing amid the ongoing pandemic.

So, what's open in Dorset and how can you get tickets?

Which properties - that require advanced booking - are open?

  • Corfe Castle
  • Kingston Lacy
  • Brownsea Island

Corfe Castle

The National Trust is encouraging visitors to use their pay and display car park at Castle View, only a 10 minute walk from the castle.

The booking is for entry to the castle and does not guarantee a car parking space.

When you arrive at the castle, you will need to have your ticket ready to show staff, either on your phone or a printed copy.

Members are required to show their membership card.

If you're more than 10 minutes late, entry is not guaranteed.

The tearoom has reopened and is offering a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and light snacks.

Card payment only.

The shop is also open between 10.30am and 4pm where social distancing measures and wearing a face covering is enforced.

Kingston Lacy

When arriving at Kingston Lacy visitors must have their ticket ready to show staff at the Visitor Reception either on a phone or a printed copy.

If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card.

In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive within your timeslot.

Failing to do so may result in being unable to access the property.

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Kingston Lacy during your visit, so you can thoroughly explore and enjoy the grounds.

The parkland, garden, takeaway cafe, shop and toilets are now open, while the ground and state floors in the house are open on weekdays only between 11am and 4pm with last entry at 3.30pm.

Face coverings must be worn when you're in the house, shop and cafe.

How do I book a visit to Corfe Castle or Kingston Lacy?

Members and non-members alike must book (although the former won’t have to pay for entry or parking) in advance, with non-members required to pay in advance.

Visitors will need to book one ticket per person, except for children aged five or under who do not require a ticket.

The next step is choosing a 30 minute arrival time for your chosen day of visiting – this is for your arrival time only.

Tickets can be found under the Corfe Castle section of the National Trust website and Kingston Lacy

Every Friday new bookings will be released for visits the following week.

You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.

Brownsea Island

If you are planning on crossing the sea to visit Brownsea Island, you will need to catch a foot ferry which runs daily from Poole Quay only.

Visitors only need to purchase a single ticket which will be your ferry and island admission rolled into one.

Social distancing will be maintained on the ferry and a face covering must be worn for the duration of the journey.

On the island, all countryside areas, Outdoor Centre toilets and courtyard toilets are open.

If you feel peckish, you can stop off at the Villano Café where a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and light snacks are available.

Reusable cups are not permitted and only card payment is accepted.

Visiting slots for the island can be found here:

How do I book a visit to Brownsea Island?

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members, from:

All visitors will also be asked to pay the ferry fare, but island admission is free for members, who are required to bring their membership card.

Please book one ticket per person.

Under fives will go free, but a ticket will still need to be booked so heads can be counted on the ferry.

You will need to choose a visiting slot which is four hours for the day you want to visit.

Every Friday new bookings will be released for visits the following week.

You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot.