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The Insider’s Guide to The National Lottery Open Week - Where the Stars Came From

From childhood homes to stages and stadiums, get closer to those who have made their mark on British history.

Thanks to National Lottery Open Week, you can snap up special offers at the attractions and venues that have played a part in the lives of the world’s most celebrated figures, both past and present. We’ve rounded up a few you can visit during Open Week

A man standing in front of the Twickenham Rugby Stadium in London
Twickenham Rugby Stadium in London by ©Phil Mc Gowan

1. World Rugby Museum

Location: Twickenham, London

 Two for one entry to the museum 20th – 27th March

Insider fact:
Referred to as "the Home of England Rugby”, Twickenham Stadium is where England rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson, set a record for the highest tally of international points in a six nations match. Aside from sporting events, the stadium has also hosted concerts for world-renowned artists including Rihanna, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, U2, Beyoncé and The Rolling Stones, to name but a few.

Insider tip:
The World Rugby Museum, located in the South Stand of Twickenham Stadium, houses the most extensive collection of rugby football memorabilia in the world. Not to be missed by any dedicated rugby fan!

Shakespeare’s family home in Stratford Upon Avon
Shakespeare's New Place by ©Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust

2. Shakespeare's New Place

Location: Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire

Free entry - 26th & 27th March 2022

Insider fact:
Shakespeare’s New Place is the site of Shakespeare’s family home where he lived from 1597 – 1616. One of the largest houses in the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon, it was where he wrote his later plays, including The Tempest.

Insider tip: At the focal point of Shakespeare’s New Place, a circle of Hornbeams marks the position of the original hall. Here visitors can find His Mind’s Eye – an impressive Hawthorn tree and sphere cast in bronze representing the powerful impact of Shakespeare’s creative vision.

The entry of the Greenwich Theatre building in London
Greenwich Theatre Building in London

3. Greenwich Theatre

Location: London

Offer: 20% off tickets for 'Alarms & Excursions' - 19th- 27th March 2022

Insider fact:
World-famous actors such as Colin Firth, Jude Law, Rupert Everett, Kenneth Branagh and Dawn French have all graced the stage of Greenwich Theatre. Oscar winning Dame Helen Mirren is a patron of the theatre and has performed both in person and virtually (over lockdown) .

Insider tip
: Children aged 3-12 can sign up to become a ‘Greenwich Gremlin’ for free and receive exclusive offers and competition prizes.

A room inside of Dickens House in London
Charles Dickens Museum, September 2020 by ©Lewis Bush

4. Charles Dickens Museum

Location: London

Offer: Free entry – 23rd- 25th March 2022
Insider fact: While living in 48 Doughty Street, Dickens finished writing The Pickwick Papers, wrote Nicholas Nickleby and most famously of all, Oliver Twist. These publications made Dickens an international celebrity, even Queen Victoria was a fan.

Insider tip:
Check out the wooden armchair in one of the bedrooms, which is not all it appears to be. The seat opens to reveal a chamber pot underneath. In fact, this commode chair, as it is called, belonged to Charles Dickens himself.

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