Visitors are being welcomed back to the grand gardens of even grander buildings, following new isolation guidelines.

After the CLA and Historic Houses urged the government to update its Covid-19 guidance, private gardens are now back open to the public.

And the groups couldn't be more pleased with the change.

Writing on social media, Muncaster Castle managers said: "We are excited to announce that Muncaster Castle's Gardens are open for visitors.

"There are limited numbers of tickets each day so buy before you come and various guidelines to follow while in the gardens to keep you and us safe.

"We can't wait to welcome you back."

New guidance says guests can, "visit gardens and land maintained for public use as an alternative open space to spend time outdoors," with cafes and other on-site facilities remaining shut, and limits on visitor numbers.

Director General of the CLA Sarah Hendry said: “I am delighted that Government has listened to industry calls and taken what is clearly a pragmatic step forward.

“Thousands of people will now be able to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of visiting a garden, whilst – of course – adhering to social distancing rules."

She added: “Of course, garden owners must recognise their responsibility to follow government’s hygiene and social distancing rules, and conduct a full risk assessment before they open. Members should get in touch with the CLA if they need further assistance.”