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Over 40 castles to reopen including Dover Castle and Walmer Castle and Gardens

Dover Castle and Walmer Castle and Gardens are among 40 historic properties run by English Heritage to reopen on July 4.

Following the closure of all of its staffed sites in March as a result of the pandemic, the charity is now preparing to welcome visitors to its larger sites with outdoor spaces.

Dover Castle will welcome visitors from July 4 but its tunnels will remain closed Picture: Matt Bristow
Dover Castle will welcome visitors from July 4 but its tunnels will remain closed Picture: Matt Bristow

In Kent, this also includes Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, St Augustine's Abbey and the Home of Charles Darwin - Down House.

New measures have been introduced to ensure the health and wellbeing of people and all visitors, including members, must book in advance via the English Heritage website.

Visitors must arrive during their time slot but can 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."

Walmer Castle and Gardens will reopen for visitors in July Picture: Tony Flashman
Walmer Castle and Gardens will reopen for visitors in July Picture: Tony Flashman

The charity hope to reopen the remainder of its staffed sites such as Deal Castle in August.

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