The historic gardens will be open 5 days a week from Monday 15 March and the grounds will be open 7 days a week.
After being closed to the public for over a year, East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley, is getting ready to open its beautiful gardens once again for local visitors. The grounds, including the discovery garden and formal gardens, will be open five days a week from Monday 15th March to allow local residents to enjoy their daily exercise.
Visitors to the gardens will be asked to pre-book their visit in advance via the National Trust website. However local visitors will still be able to access the lower fields and river walk 7 days a week without booking in advance. There will be no charge for members to visit the gardens, but booking will still be required to guarantee entry, especially during peak times. Non-members can use the same booking system to pay for their visit.
The tea-room will also be reopening, offering a takeaway service of hot drinks and cakes for visitors to enjoy on their daily walk. Car park and toilet facilities will be available, with extra cleaning measures put in place to keep visitors safe.
East Riddlesden Hall has been closed since March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Although some larger National Trust properties reopened earlier, the size of East Riddlesden meant extra precautions had to be taken to ensure social distancing measures could be observed.
Craig Best, West Yorkshire Operations Manager for the National Trust, said, “It was a really difficult decision not to reopen East Riddlesden Hall earlier, as we know how important the property is to the local community. Safety has always been our priority, and the size of East Riddlesden Hall meant we just couldn’t open during peak season last year, as we wouldn’t be able to cope with too many visitors. Financially it’s been very tough for us to make that call. Our staff and volunteers are eager to get back and welcome visitors.”
East Riddlesden Hall’s walled gardens have many small entrances, so visitors are asked to wait patiently and observe social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be available and toilet facilities will be cleaned more regularly.
Craig Best added, “We’re looking forward to opening the outdoors at East Riddlesden Hall, and we’re hopeful that we can look to reopen our house and shop later in the year. However, we will be following government advice very closely and our opening hours may need to change. We’d always advise visitors to check our website and social media when planning their visits.”