This list was originally compiled to inform group travel organisers which attractions were welcoming group visits again.
Please note: the list was created before the second national lockdown was announced on 31st October and therefore the information is now out of date.
You can read the new National Restrictions here.
We hope to be able to resume this service and update the list when the restrictions are lifted.
The list below is by no means exhaustive, it’s simply the places that we’ve been made aware of.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset: the attraction has introduced limited number entries in hourly slots.
Aerospace Bristol: groups must pre-book.
Babbacombe Model Village, Devon: groups can explore the four-acre miniature world with special rates for 20 or more people.
Babbacombe Theatre, Devon: able to cater for groups from week commencing 2nd November.
Bear Grylls Adventure, NEC, Birmingham: small groups are now welcome back on certain experiences at the adventure centre.
The Beatles Story, Liverpool: the team is asking customers to familiarise themselves with the new safety procedures put in place before attending.
Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park, Devon: the 50-acre space welcomes pre-booked coach groups.
The Bishop’s Palace, Somerset: any groups interested in booking for either this year or next can do so now, with special rates on offer for groups of a certain size.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire: is welcoming group visits with certain measures in place around the estate.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Hampshire: it reopened on 20th July for Discovery tours (which are now fully guided) and is accommodating a maximum of 12 people per tour although groups of up to 24 are welcome at the distillery with the two separate groups for the tour.
Borde Hill Garden, West Sussex: small groups can book a 45-minute tour of the Garden with an experienced guide followed by cream tea.
British Motor Museum, Warwickshire: group visits have to be pre-booked with the team. Numbers are limited per day with pre-booking a timed arrival slot essential.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol: groups of 10 or more can book a visit to receive group discount. Maximum 30 guests per group although larger groups can come with staggered arrivals.
The British Music Experience, Liverpool: small groups can pre-book visits.
Buckfast Abbey, Devon: booking is essential to the in historic abbey, which includes coaches.
Canterbury Cathedral: as of 1st August, the cathedral resumed group visits. Important to note; the cathedral can only accept pre-booked groups and they will be sent the new guidelines about visiting. Groups will be asked to wait outside the Visitor Centre while the group leader completes the booking process. Once complete, they’ll enter via the Visitor Centre, using a one-way system to walk through to the Cathedral Precincts.
Castle Howard Estate, Yorkshire: the attraction is reviewing tickets on a month by month basis.
Chatsworth, Derbyshire: all group visits must pre-book and pre-pay.
ChesterBoat, Cheshire: open and sailing daily with reduced capacity. Groups can pre-book for half-hour and two-hour cruises, with refreshment options available.
City Cruises, London, Poole and York: with reduced capacity.
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol: groups must pre-book and the visitor centre can be exclusively reserved for your group on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Clovelly, Devon: coach groups are welcome.
Dartington Crystal, Devon: groups of up to 30 are welcome.
The Deep, Hull: groups are being asked to email their requirements in advance.
Devil’s Porridge Museum, Scotland
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, Scotland: accepting groups of eight people every 30 minutes.
Discover Newmarket, Suffolk: pre-booked groups can usually make use of behind-the-scenes tours.
English Heritage attractions, nationwide: coach procedures differ between sites.
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, Hampshire: a considerable amount of measures have been put in place to try and keep visitors safe.
Exeter Cathedral: reduced capacity tours are now available.
Florence Nightingale Museum, London: groups of up to 15 can book a pre-timed slot for each member of the group.
Handel & Hendrix, London: the museum is accepting a maximum of ten people per booking on Saturdays.
Harewood House, Leeds: while most groups are likely to be visiting on a self-guided basis, the team have said they’re happy to accept group guided tour bookings (fewer visitors per guide and staggered start times etc) before the House opens to the general public.
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, East Sussex: there is free coach parking opposite in Falaise Road.
Helmsley Walled Garden, York: coach bookings are available from Wednesday to Sunday.
Hever Castle & Gardens, Kent: free flow visits will be offered to groups of 15 and over with take away pre-booked pack lunches and castle and gardens tickets available.
Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent: maximum group size is 30.
Historic Royal Palaces (Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Hillsborough Castle).
Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves: groups must pre-book.
Leeds Castle, Kent
Leighton Hall, Lancashire: following a tour group test run, Leighton Hall is open again for groups. Guides will be wearing Perspex visors and tours will be taking 10-12 people around the house at a time.
Museum of Brands, London: groups of up to 30 are allowed, however the rule of six must be followed if not within your household or bubble. The attraction recommends groups of six or more arrive with staggered arrivals. Group discount applies to all group bookings of over ten.
National Garden Scheme, nationwide: small groups of six are very welcome at many of its gardens.
The Old Royal Naval College Greenwich, London: pre-booking is essential.
Olympus Restaurant, Bolton: groups can now reserve tables (of no more than six) at the award-winning restaurant in Lancashire. Owner Tasos Pattichis said they wanted groups and operators “to know that we’re ready, safe and up and running for groups”.
Painshill, Surrey: groups of up to 30 are welcome.
Port Sunlight Village Trust (Port Sunlight Museum), Merseyside: the attraction requires a copy of your risk assessment and payment to be taken prior to the visit.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Cumbria: pre-booking in advance is essential. Capacity is limited per train so the earlier you book the better.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond: the team has made changes to the site to keep all visitors socially distant, pre-booking is essential.
Royal Collection Trust, various locations: groups are now welcome back at Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh. Organisers can make standard admission bookings of between 15-30 tickets. Timed ticketing and capacity restrictions have been introduced at all of the locations.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), various locations: groups can pre-book tickets to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in north Yorkshire, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.
Royal Museums Greenwich: groups of up to 30 can now visit both the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark.
Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire: taking bookings for groups up to 30 but only if broken into household groups.
Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire: all groups must be pre-booked in advance, and must take part in a guided tour.
Shakespeare Distillery, Stratford upon Avon: accepting groups of up to 24 people for Distillery Tours &Tastings.
The Silverstone Experience, Northamptonshire: groups can learn more about the historic circuit, with limited numbers currently in place to meet national guidelines.
Skipton Castle, north Yorkshire: groups must pre-book by telephoning the office (01756 792442).
Strawberry Field, Liverpool: tickets must be booked in advance.
St Paul’s Cathedral, London: maximum group size is 30 people.
Stuart Line Cruises, Devon
Swanage Railway, Dorset: capacity is strictly limited with seat allocation in place.
Titanic Belfast: all coach parking must be in the east yard.
Tower Bridge, London: pre-booked small groups are welcome.
Ullswater ‘Steamers’, Cumbria
The View from The Shard, London: the team spent the 20 weeks of closure coming up with new ways to keep visitors and staff safe.
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire: groups are welcome to come and enjoy an outdoor experience at Waddesdon as the gardens are now open. Pre-booking required and overall visitor numbers are capped.
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park: groups will need to pre-book.
Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire: groups must make an enquiry before visiting the mill.
Windermere Lake Cruises, Cumbria
The World of James Herriot, Yorkshire: the attraction recently welcomed its first group back since lockdown.
Not all of these attractions may have been awarded the VisitEngland ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate - we’d urge that you look out for this symbol.
You’ll find more information about the certificate here.
As always, we recommend you check the latest government guidance and local restrictions before you travel.