Your guide to Theme Parks, Attractions, Cinemas, Museums and Galleries opening throughout July

As life slowly returns to the UK’s cultural landscape as museums and galleries, attractions and cinemas wake from their virus imposed slumber, we’ve rounded up what is currently opening and when and what the guidelines are during visits. 

Theme Parks

From 4th July the following theme parks are opening up. There may be some rides that are not open or restricted due to guidelines, always check the website prior to travel to check the latest updates.

Opening from 4th July 

Adventure Island

Alton Towers

Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Mano

Dreamland Margate – offering a series of events throughout July, rides will not open this summer 

Flamingo Land

Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts 


Lightwater Valley – reopening 18th July 


Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Thorpe Park


Warwick Castle


Theme Park Guidelines and Tips

The theme parks have reduced capacity to help with flow and all tickets need to be pre-booked. 

  • Tickets will only be available online and won’t be available on the day.  Do not visit if you haven’t pre-booked your tickets.
  • Most theme parks seem to be operating on taking temperatures of all staff and guests before entering the site. If a temperature is above 38 degrees centigrade unfortunately you will not be able to enter.
  • All staff will have undergone full training and will be wearing appropriate PPE at all times
  • Some theme parks will have a virtual queue app for all rides and selected catering outlets to help manage queue lines. Check this out prior to leaving. 
  • All outlets will have clear shields to help protect you and their staff at all times
  • Food outlets will be open as takeaways 
  • Additional hand sanitising units will be available on site
  • The site will undergo enhanced cleaning.  Rides and outlets may close for cleaning at periods throughout the day

Museums and Galleries

Many are opening in July or August but some will remain closed (as of July 3rd 2020) so always check before deciding on your day out and if the museum or gallery usually requires tickets, it’s likely you’ll be required to buy in advance.  

Bank of England Museum Expected to open in August

Barbican Partially open from 13th July

Brooklands Museum Expected to open in August

Cutty Sark Reopens 20th July

Down House Reopens 4th July

Dulwich Picture Gallery Gardens and cafe only open now

Dr Who Museum Open now, to shop customers only

Eltham Palace Gardens only Open now 

Garden Museum Reopens 4th July

Grant Museum of Zoology Reopens 4th July

Hampton Court Palace Gardens only

Horniman Museum Gardens and cafe only

Jewel Tower Opens in early August Tickets available from early July

Kensington Palace Reopening 30th July

Kenwood House Gardens now open, and shop reopens 4th July

National Army Museum Reopening 7th July

National Gallery Reopening 8th July

Old Royal Naval College Grounds open Mon-Fri from 15th June.

Osterley Park and House Garden now open

Royal Academy Reopens 16th July

RAF Museum Reopens 6th July

Sir John Soane’s Museum Reopening in the Autumn

Somerset House Reopening mid-July Booking likely

Tate Britain Reopening 27th July Booking details to be announced

Tate Modern Reopening 27th July Booking details to be announced

Tower Bridge Reopening 4th July

Tower of London Reopening 10th July

Twinings Tea Shop 

& Museum Reopening 17th July

Wallace Collection Reopening 15th July

Wellington Arch Opens early August  Tickets available from early July

Whitechapel Gallery Reopening “soon”

Venues and Attractions

Bletchley Park Reopening 4th July

Diggerland Reopening 11th July 

Epping Ongar Railway Reopening 1st August

Go Ape Open now  

Kew Gardens Open now for outdoor areas only, glasshouses reopening 4th July

London Zoo Open now for outdoor areas only

Sky Garden Open now

The View from the Shard Reopening 1st August


Looks like the cinemas are opening their doors but all at different times. They are all putting in similar Covid- secure safety measures including the below: 

  • Social distancing across the cinema
  • All toilets stocked with antibacterial soap 
  • Hand sanitiser stations available
  • Enhanced cleaning programme
  • Staggered film times to minimise contact
  • Plastic screening at tills
  • Pre-packaged food and drinks on sale
  • Increased contactless payment and e-tickets
  • Distanced seating in theatres to ensure a safe distance between groups
  • Fewer screenings throughout the day
  • Staggered start and end time to reduce queues
  • Staff provided with PPE

Film news 

The big movies of the (now) summer have been delayed until August, including Tenet – a new spy film written and directed by Christopher Nolan starring, Robert Pattinson, Mulan the live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film and The New Mutants.

Current Cinema Opening Plans (subject to change) 

Odeon  – begin opening as of 4th July

Showcase – from 4th July

Empire  – a number of sites from 10th July

Cineworld from 31st July 

Picturehouse from 31st July 

Vue from 31st July 

Odeon Location Opening Timelines (subject to change) 

4th July:

Trafford Centre, Birmingham Broadway Plaza, Epsom, Norwich, Milton Keynes Stadium, Bournemouth BH2, Lee Valley, Warrington, Port Solent,


10th July:

Liverpool ONE, Metrocentre, Silverlink, Guildford, Liverpool Switch Island,     Chatham, Telford, Tamworth, Maidenhead, Derby, Leicester, Mansfield, Hull,

Tunbridge Wells, Bromborough, Beckenham, Stafford,

13th July:

Colchester, Hatfield, Coventry, Kettering, Kingston, Leeds Thorpe, Leeds-Bradford, Leicester Sq, Lincoln, Nuneaton, Trowbridge, Rochdale,Chelmsford,

Surrey Quays, Taunton, Birmingham New St, Blackpool, Camden, Northwich, West Brom, Greenwich, Hereford, Huddersfield, Orpington, Salisbury, Covent Gdn, Uxbridge, Wimbledon, Aylesbury, Brighton.

15th July:

 Glasgow Quay, Dunfermline, Dundee, E. Kilbride, Braehead, Edinburgh (FC & West), Kilmarnock.

16th July:

Islington, Oldham, Oxford, Preston, Richmond, Southampton, Stoke, Streatham, Swiss Cottage, Bath, Dudley, Worcester, Southend, Gt Northern, Andover, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bristol, Tottenham Court Rd, Harrogate, Hastings, Loughborough, Newark, Crewe, Putney, Sheffield, Woodford, Swadlincote, Haymarket, Darlington, Dorchester, Exeter.

20th July:

(Ireland) Blanchardstown, Coolock, Limerick, Charlestown, Newbridge,  Portlaoise, Waterford, The Point, Stilorgan, Naas, Cavan.

Planning your day out

  • Check the website first to make sure it’s open and also check safety measures – every theme park, attraction, cinema and venue is slightly different
  • Pre-book your tickets and check refund guidelines in case one of you is unwell on the day
  • Take hand sanitiser with you along with face masks
  • Make sure everyone goes to the loo at home to reduce the need to use public toilets
  • Don’t arrive early to minimise time indoors with other visitors 
  • If the attraction allows it, take your own drinks and snacks
  • If you think you or your family may have a temperature or are feeling unwell on the day, don’t make the journey. Re-book and enjoy your day out at a later date

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