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Free days out with the National Lottery

Experience England for FREE with National Lottery Open Week 2024

From 9 to 17 March 2024, hundreds of attractions and activities across the country are either free to enter or are hosting special offers; just a little thank you for the £30 million raised for good causes every week by National Lottery players.

Simply use any retail or online National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game and experience an exciting day out for less!* 

The National Trust, RSPB and English Heritage are all taking part in the open week, as are Historic Royal Palaces' Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and Hampton Court Palace. Plus, don't miss out on free entry and special deals at famous attractions like the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands.

Here are some of our top picks all offering FREE entry during National Lottery Open Week 2024:

1

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton, West Yorkshire

See works of art in a new light – sunlight. Wander through open-air galleries and marvel at huge contemporary sculptures spread across 500 acres of green parkland. The current exhibition sees the park dotted with oversized everyday items including a handbag and a hot water bottle (both have legs!).

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2

Gibside

Gibside, Northumberland

Surround yourself with spring blooms at this botanical beauty near Newcastle. The 18th-century gardens were created by Georgian coal baron George Bowes and include miles of woodland walks, an orangery and a gorgeous walled garden to get lost in.

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3

RSPB Dungeness

Romney Marsh, Kent

Opt for peace and quiet, with some birdsong thrown in too, at this serene spot on the south Kent coast. Keep an eye out for a diverse array of wildlife hidden amongst this dramatic stretch of shingle, including Goldeneye Ducks, Marsh Harriers, Herons and Firecrests and many other rare species that visit throughout the year.

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4

Windermere Jetty Museum

Lake District National Park, Cumbria

Set on the shores of England's largest lake, this museum showcases a fascinating collection of boats and exhibits. It’s a charming place where you can learn more about the Lake District’s boat building heritage and admire the beauty of Windermere.

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5

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Norwich, Norfolk

Immerse yourself in Norwich's vibrant heritage and arts scene. Perched atop Castle Hill, this former royal palace was founded by William the Conqueror and is filled with fantastic treasures including the Wider World Gallery, natural history galleries and Egyptian collections.

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6

Lindisfarne Castle

Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Journey to one of England’s most remote castles. Built in the mid-1500s and used as a strategic fort during the Scottish Wars, it was later transformed into Edwardian holiday home. Now managed by the National Trust, explore narrow passageways, have a peek inside the candlelit kitchen and gaze out to sea from the Upper Battery. 

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7

Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Bournemouth, Dorset

Explore an eclectic collection of art and artifacts at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, housed in a Victorian villa overlooking the sea. This Gothic building features four elegant  galleries, a stone grotto and a Japanese garden with a bridge, fountain and goldfish ponds. 

8

Lyme Park

Stockport, Greater Manchester

Step back into Edwardian times, at this countryside mansion. Pride and Prejudice fans can visit the famous lake where Mr. Darcy emerges, dripping, from the water. If that’s not enough to tempt you, perhaps the herd of red and fallow deer found grazing on the expansive estate will – and that’s before you go into the house itself.

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9

Black Country Living Museum

Dudley, West Midlands

Vintage geeks and Peaky Blinder fans will love this experiential museum. Walk in the footsteps of Tommy Shelby and then travel to the 1950s to rock along to records at Standon’s Music Shop and then tuck into old-school sweets from Burgin’s Newsagents.

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10

National Emergency Services Museum

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Have you ever wanted to see what work goes into keeping us safe? Delve into the fascinating world of emergency services at this unique museum and learn about the heroes who have risked their lives for us over hundreds of years.

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11

Segedunum Roman Fort

North Tyneside, Northumberland

Dive into Newcastle’s legacies and see Roman history come to life at Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum in Wallsend, where you can get a taste of life as a Roman and a chance to see a part of historic Hadrian's Wall ruins, fort and bathhouse.

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12

Audley End House

Saffron Waldon, Essex

Step into a real-life period drama at this Jacobean mansion. Walk in the footsteps of Victorian servants in the kitchens and then see how the ‘other half’ lived in the grand chambers above. The adventure continues outside where you’ll discover a stable yard with horses, organic fruit and veg growing in the kitchen garden and award-winning gardens and Capability Brown-designed parkland.

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13

Royal Shakespeare Company guided tour

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Go behind the scenes of one of the world's most renowned theatre companies with a guided tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company's building. Explore areas not usually open to the public such as the backstage areas, the state-of-the-art Costume Workshop or get a first glimpse of the newly renovated Swan Theatre. 

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14

Wrest Park

Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Wander through 90 acres of Wrest Park's magnificent gardens and explore the grandeur of the historic mansion, before taking a well-deserved refreshment break in the café. The kids can even blow off steam on the climbing equipment and zipline.

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15

Railworld Wildlife Haven

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

If you like combining nature with the fun of model railways, Peterborough’s former coal yard-turned-urban oasis is a landscaped haven with specially built ponds and waterfalls to improve biodiversity. Chuffing through the greenery are model trains, which take in 2,000  square metres of track – look out for the stationary Hovertrain above!

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16

Dover Castle

Dover, Kent

There’s more to Dover than just its cliffs. It’s also home to an iconic castle packed with a fascinating history dating back to 1066. Step back in time through the different eras of the castle, from the Norman Conquest to Dunkirk, or scurry through its eerie underground tunnels on an escape room experience. 

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17

Eden Project

Boldeva, Cornwall

Discover tropical jungles, Mediterranean deserts and English gardens at The Eden Project in Cornwall. England’s indoor rainforest is the world’s largest set of geodesic domes and is also 
the largest indoor rainforest in the world.

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For more information on venues and offers in your area, visit the National Lottery website.

*National Lottery players must be 18+. Full T&Cs apply. Offers correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, see individual venues for full details.

04 Mar 2024(last updated)

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    West Bretton, West Yorkshire

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    Gibside, Northumberland

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    Romney Marsh, Kent

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    Lake District National Park, Cumbria

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    Norwich, Norfolk

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    Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland

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    Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Stockport, Greater Manchester

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    Dudley, West Midlands

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    Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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    North Tyneside, Northumberland

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    Saffron Waldon, Essex

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    Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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    Silsoe, Bedfordshire

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    Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Dover, Kent

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    Boldeva, Cornwall

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