Merseyside’s historic National Trust properties are set to close their doors this week in the latest blow caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
But the organisation has said it is working to try and maintain free access to some parkland and gardens across its sites nationwide where possible.
Unfortunately that does NOT extend to the grounds at Speke Hall (above) or Rufford Old Hall near Ormskirk.
Formby Beach and other coastal National Trust areas, along with open countryside, will remain accessible to visitors although there may be limited staff on site and toilet facilities can't always be guaranteed.
The National Trust has a number of historic properties in the City Region including the Hardman House in Rodney Street and the Lennon and McCartney childhood homes at Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road.
They and Speke Hall and Rufford Hall themselves will be shut until further notice as will their cafes/restaurants and shops.
National Trust director general Hilary McGrady said: “The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation. We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive.
"Over the coming weeks we will do all that we can to keep on providing public benefit through caring for places and giving people access wherever possible.
“While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space and to nature, beauty and history."