Know Before You Go: It’s time to find your Great Britain

Summer is upon us and Britain is beginning to re-open, providing ample opportunity to start dreaming of your next trip – from wandering our award-winning coastlines, to exploring our green spaces and getting inspired in our cities.

For the moment, quarantine is still in place for some international visitors and those returning to the UK. So before you start planning your next adventure, we recommend checking the latest government advice and local guidance on travel so you’re in the know before you go.

Many attractions are starting to welcome visitors back in their own unique ways. From pre-booked time slots and limits on visitor numbers to one-way systems and other directives, there are plenty of measures in place to help you enjoy your travels in and around Britain.

It’s important to remember to check the official websites of organisations and visitor attractions in advance, to ensure you’re up to date on opening hours and any measures in place. So whether you plan to explore our gardens, parks and beaches, or our safari parks, zoos and historic sites, you’ll be able to do so with confidence. Find out more about how to Know Before You Go in England on

Please keep in mind that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland currently have different guidelines, advice and timelines for re-opening tourism. So do please make sure you check the respective official sources for information before you travel.

How to travel responsibly in Britain

To make your days out as enjoyable as possible, we encourage you to plan your trip in advance and to check all of the important facilities and attractions, while looking after our great outdoors. To ensure we’re all doing our bit to travel responsibly, here are a few simple steps to help make planning easy:

  • When planning your trip, check that important facilities – like toilets and car parks – are open before you travel so you’re not caught short.
  • If you have an attraction in mind, please check online to see if you need to pre-book a time slot.
  • Some places may be extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and discover a hidden gem that you can brag to friends about.
  • Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household – this not only applies to walking, but running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing too. Please note: Social distancing will be reduced from two metres to 1 metre+ on 4 July 2020 for England only.
  • Wear a face mask at all times when on public transport like buses, trains, taxis and minicabs.
  • Make sure you have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you – you don’t know where will be open for you to wash your hands.
  • Leave the car behind where possible and visit nearby attractions by walking or cycling.



For official government information and advice, please visit:

The ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark

To help you plan your travels, we’ve worked together with VisitEngland and the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to launch a UK-wide industry standard and ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark. This will provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for tourism as the sector works towards reopening. The scheme means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through the online platform, including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the We’re Good To Go mark for display in their premises and online. For added reassurance, an ‘alert’ system will ensure that businesses signed up to the standard are notified of any changes to the official guidance – so you can visit them with confidence.

Find out more at and remember to look for the mark on individual business websites when you’re planning your trip online.


The We're Good To Go Mark
10 Jul 2020(last updated)