UK holidays: Attractions now open to tourists in the UK – full list here

Holidays in the UK and Ireland are looking as though they could be at the top of the list for Britons. Although the weather forecast remains uncertain, Britons are prioritising sanitation and safety over sunshine. But which attractions around the UK are open for tourists?


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From museums to art galleries, theme parks and castles, here’s everything you need to know.


London is home to a variety of attractions including the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and Madame Tussauds.

Although there are plenty of shops in the capital, the city wouldn’t be the same without some of these gems.

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), Natural History Museum and Science Museum, all on London’s Exhibition Road, are preparing to reopen next month ready for the school summer holidays.

The Natural History Museum will be the first to reopen on August 5.

The V&A will then reopen on August 6 and the Science Museum on August 19.

Madame Tussauds reopened on July 4 in Blackpool after closing its doors on March 20.

On June 30, Madame Tussauds London tweeted: “We want to keep you updated on our plans for reopening! Madame Tussauds London won’t be opening its doors just yet, but we can’t wait to welcome you back soon!”

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London Dungeon closed its doors on March 18 and has not revealed when it will be reopening.

The London Eye closed its doors on March 20 but remains temporarily closed.

Tower Bridge opened on July 4 to tourists, while The National Gallery opened on July 8.

Theme Parks

Theme Parks in the UK were allowed to reopen on July 4 after the government announced new government guidelines.

Alton Towers reopened on July 4 but has new safety measures in place including temperature and hygiene screenings.

Thorpe Park also reopened on July 4 with safety measures in place including social distanced queues, temperature screenings and contactless payment.

Chessington World of Adventures also reopened on July 4.

Legoland in Windsor reopened on July 4, however, Legoland Discovery Centres in Birmingham and Manchester are to reopen on July 18.

Historical Monuments and Sites

The English Heritage site has announced that almost all their sites are now open with any closed sites hoping to reopen in August.

The website reads: “Whether you are a Member or not, you need to book in advance and arrive during your selected time slot. Visitor numbers will be limited in order to keep everyone safe and to ensure effective social distancing measures.

“You won’t be able to get into our sites without having pre-booked your trip, so please do so before you visit.”

The sites will have the necessary PPE, barriers, hand sanitiser stations, social distancing rules and takeaway catering options in place, among other measures.

Some of the more popular sites that are now open include Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Whitby Abbey, Kirkham Priory, Brodsworth Hall, Barnard Castle, Carlisle Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and Bolsover Castle.

Tickets for sites opening in August are likely to go on sale in mid July.

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