HISTORIC properties will reopen to the public in Herefordshire and surrounding counties next month, English Heritage has announced.

All staffed sites were closed in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but now the charity will once again be welcoming visitors to more than 40 of its larger sites with outdoor spaces, such as castles and abbeys with extensive grounds, sites with large historic gardens, and places where there is plenty of room to roam.

Historic properties including Herefordshire's Goodrich Castle, Worcestershire's Witley Court, and Shropshire's Wroxeter Roman city will open their doors on July 4.

New measures will be introduced by the charity to ensure the health and wellbeing of members, visitors, volunteers and staff, and those who visit can expect their day out to be a little different, with social distancing in place.

Visitor numbers will be limited and all those planning to visit (including members) will have to book in advance on the English Heritage website and arrive during their time slot.

Only those with pre-booked tickets will be permitted entry, although once on site, visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “We have really missed our members and visitors while our sites have been closed.

"Whether you’re looking for a fun place for the family to let off steam or just a wide open space to appreciate those familiar landmarks which have stood the test of time, we’re looking forward to giving you a warm and safe welcome back from July 4.”