Warwick Castle will be amongst the first UK attractions to reopen its gates to the public following easing of lockdown restrictions.

While indoor areas remain off-limits for the time being, the extensive grounds and gardens around the iconic castle will provide a welcome destination for visitors who're keen to take a day trip.

From Saturday 6 June, guests will be able to explore over 64 acres of landscaped gardens, including riverside strolls along the Avon and the famous Peacock Garden, with its resident flock of more than 20 peacocks.

More adventurous visitors can climb the Conqueror’s Fortress, which is the highest point of the estate, to enjoy incredible views across the Midlands countryside.

Whilst the usual shows and indoor attractions aren’t reopening just yet, the castle’s renowned birds of prey will still be undertaking their daily exercise and training, so visitors may be lucky enough to see them whilst on site.

COVID-secure processes in place

A number of key processes have been implemented to ensure visitor safety, including:

Increased health & safety procedures for enhanced cleaning of all areas, including toilets and seating, introduction of one-way systems supported by clear wayfinding, social-distancing markers and sanitiser stations

Entry will be dependent on advance online booking only, with availability subject to new daily maximum capacities to ensure allowance for social distancing. Temperature spot-checks may be carried out.

Contactless payment for food & drink, from takeaway outlets offering snacks, hot & cold drinks and ice cream

Available-to-purchase activity kits to help families find all the fun while exploring the outside areas

Toilets, available on a one-in, one-out basis

Commenting, Divisional Director Nick Blofeld said: “After 10 weeks of closure, we can’t wait to reopen our gates and share the beauty of the castle’s outdoor spaces with guests again. Warwick Castle uniquely offers a rich history and over 60 acres of rolling grounds. We are anticipating our loyal guests across the Midlands and beyond will be really excited to return to the castle and have a taste of normality, even if it is two swords apart!”

Opening exclusively for the first weekend (6 & 7 June) to Warwick Castle Annual Pass and Merlin Annual Pass holders only, the castle grounds will be open to all guests from 8 June onwards on a pre-booked-only basis.

For more information visit warwick-castle.com/