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The Argory in Co Armagh to reopen on Wednesday as part of National Trust scheme

Visit the walled gardens at the Argory, Co Armagh
Caitlin Doherty, Press Association

The Argory in Co Armagh is among a small number of National Trust properties which will reopen to visitors this week.

The National Trust is reopening several of its properties for the first time since they all closed due to lockdown.

By the end of the week, a total of seven properties will be open in Northern Ireland and England.

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All visitors - including members - must book their day out in advance to restrict numbers and ensure social distancing guidelines are followed, the charity said.

The Argory will welcome visitors from Wednesday.

Barrington Court in Somerset, Kingston Lacy in Dorset, Lyme in Cheshire, Oxburgh in Norfolk and Petworth in West Sussex all reopened today.

Packwood in Warwickshire will follow on Friday.

House steward Matthew Morrison in one of the elegant drawing rooms at the Argory, a historical National Trust property in Co Armagh

Limited tickets for the following week will go on sale every Friday, according to the charity's website.

More than 130 gardens and parklands have been gradually opened by National Trust since last month.

The facilities were originally shut in March as the Government implemented strict social distancing measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

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