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The National Lottery Open Week returns Spring 2024 with free and discounted entry to venues across the UK

13th February 2023

If you are looking for details about The National Lottery’s ‘Days Out’ promotion, please visit

To say thank you for the £30million raised for Good Causes every week by players, National Lottery-funded venues are offering free entry, discounts and special offers throughout National Lottery Open Week.

A National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game can be used to unlock the offers at a range of venues and locations across the UK.

Eden project
The Eden Project

To say thank you for the £30million raised for Good Causes every week by players, The National Lottery is offering free entry and special offers at a range of National Lottery funded venues across the UK as part of The National Lottery Open Week.

With hundreds of venues to choose from across the UK, there are plenty of low-cost days out to look forward to this National Lottery Open Week, including the chance to:

🤞 Delve into the past at historical houses, castles and museums
🤞 Embrace nature in all its glory at wildlife hotspots
🤞 Relive iconic moments at famous sports venues or,
🤞 Enjoy a culture fix at art galleries across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and beyond.

There’s something to excite everyone this year! To view all venues and offers available, visit

The National Lottery Open Week offers players a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a low-cost day out at venues across the UK – from castles to nature reserves, museums to sports venues. It’s our way of saying thank you to National Lottery players who raise an incredible £30million each week for Good Causes. That funding makes a huge difference to venues and projects across the arts, sports, community and heritage sectors, funding many iconic venues, historical landmarks and other amazing days out across the UK.”

Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and Chair of The National Lottery Forum

Landscape picture of the Black Country Living Museum
Black Country Living Museum in England

The National Lottery Open Week offers in England include:

Embrace your wild side at the world-famous Eden Project in Cornwall. Rediscover the natural world at this unique venue with free entry from 18-26 March 2023.

Explore London’s iconic castle and World Heritage Site with 25 per cent off entry to the Tower of London throughout National Lottery Open Week.

Relive some of our greatest British love stories with free entry to selected National Trust sites including Sissinghurst in Kent, Wimpole Village in Cambridgeshire, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland and Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire.

Explore how the RSPB is connecting young people to nature at RSPB Cameron’s Cottage in Wiltshire. Tour the buildings and surrounding woodland, try some activities, and discover how nature can help to build great futures.

Check out everything from Concorde to McClaren with half price entry at Brooklands Museum in Surrey (20-24 March), find your sea legs in Bristol on SS Great Britain or climb aboard a giant warship in London with 2 for 1 entry on HMS Belfast for a mates day out.

Explore time and space with free entry to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley or 2 for 1 planetarium tickets at the Tyne & Wear Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Technology with your little ones.

Get lost with free entry in the Insta-worthy Spring flower meadows at the National Trust’s Stowe Gardens in Buckingham or English Heritage’s Dunkirk tunnels at Dover Castle.

Or delve into the BFI National Archive and take their Behind-the-Scenes tour to enjoy the best of British film-making.

Cardiff Castle gardens
The exterior of Cardiff Castle gardens in Wales

The National Lottery Open Week offers in Wales include:

Enjoy free entry to the stunning RSPB Conwy nature reserve and discover a variety of wonderful wildlife or take to RSPB Lake Vyrnwy nature reserve in Powys for a free guided walk on Saturday 18 and Sunday 26 March.

Get your sweat on or take a dip at Swansea Bay Sports Park who are offering free entry to their gym as well as the state of the art 50m Wales National Pool.

Take a trip through time at the Llancaiach Fawr Living History Museum in Treharris, which is offering free 45-minute taster tours around the manor, the perfect day out for all the family.

Explore the National Trust’s Plas yn Rhiw 17th century manor house and its stunning ornamental gardens with coastal views in Gwynedd with free entry from 18-26 March!

Discover other National trust treasures in North Wales – from Plas Newydd House and Garden in Anglesey and Penrhyn Castle in Gwynedd to the stunning Bodnant Garden in Conwy– and the treasures further south - from Tredegar House in Newport to Dinefwr Castle on the cusp of the Brecon Beacons.

Or step back in time at Cardiff Castle with half price entry throughout National Lottery Open Week.

The Murrayfield Stadium full of peple enjoying the game
Murrayfield Stadium in Scotland

The National Lottery Open Week offers in Scotland include:

Enjoy free entry to National Trust for Scotland sites including Falkland Palace in Fife, Brodie Castle in Moray and Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, the perfect day out for anyone looking to impress a loved one.

Fancy more breathtaking views or want to capture a unique family photo to remember? Head for Discovery Point on Dundee’s waterfront for free entry to the RRS Discovery and Verdant Works.

For sports lovers, Scottish Rugby are offering National Lottery players buy one get one free on tours of the national team’s home ground, Murrayfield Stadium.

Discover a world-class collection of aircrafts and hear about the fascinating stories of the people that built and flew them at the National Museum of Flight in North Berwick with free entry on 25 and 26 March.

Head to the Helix Park near Falkirk and get a complimentary hot drink at the Visitors Centre as you take in the awe-inspiring Kelpies – the perfect day out whether you want to spend it alone listening to a podcast, with the whole family or as a wholesome activity to do with friends.

Landscape of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland

The National Lottery Open Week offers in Northern Ireland include:

Enjoy some time out and about with free entry at stunning National Trust sites across Northern Ireland. Take to Crom Estate, Castle Coole or Florence Court in County Fermanagh or head to Mount Stewart or Castle Ward in County Down to get your culture fix.

These offers are serious music to our ears as Portico of Ards, in Portaferry, are providing 2 for 1 tickets on an upcoming tour (see website for details), and the Chamber Choir Ireland are giving away 2 for 1 tickets to their Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil event on 31 March – the perfect surprise for any loved one in your life!

Discover Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, in County Down, who are offering 25 per cent off tickets to the gardens during National Lottery Open Week. With over half a million spring bulbs in bloom it’s a great spot to spend that all important time together.

Notes to editors

*Subject to availability.

See for booking details and full terms and conditions.

**Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), 2018

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