A large number of venues that have been supported by grants from the National Lottery over the past 23 years since it was set up are to open their doors for free for a week in December.

Venues such as the London Transport Museum, Kew Gardens, Cartoon Museum, and Brooklands Museum will all be having free entry days, and other venues will be offering a range of deals from free entry to paid exhibitions or discounts in their shops.

The week runs from Mon 11th to Sun 17th December, with some venues only participating on select dates.

To qualify for the deal, you need to turn up clutching a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard — so you never know, you might even win a prize as well.

The offer runs throughout the UK (map of venues), and below are the museums, galleries and gardens participating within the M25 region.

Offers vary, so please check the participating attraction’s website for all the details and terms and conditions before you visit.


Bentley Priory MuseumFree entry11-16 December 2017
Heath Robinson MuseumFree entry Friday, December 15, 2017
RAF Museum 10% discount in shops 11-17 December 2017
William Morris Gallery10% discount in shops 11-17 December 2017
Walthamstow Wetlands10% discount in shops 11-14 December 2017
London Wildlife Trust – Woodberry Wetlands Free guided walkWed 13th Dec
National Trust Sutton House and Breaker’s YardFree entryWed 13th Dec
Geffrye Museum of the Home Free Christmas guidebook and shop discount 12-17 December 2017
The Charterhouse Free special tour of the historic site 13, 14, 16, 17 December 2017
British Library Free guided tour (advance booking required) 13-14 December 2017
Cartoon Museum Free entry (limited to one person per group) 12-17 December 2017
The British Museum Free ticket for the BP exhibition Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia (limited to first 50 visitors per day) 11-17 December 2017
The Courtauld Gallery Two for one entry 11-17 December 2017
London Transport Museum Free adult one-day pass 11-17 December 2017
Benjamin Franklin House Free entry 11, 13-17 December 2017
National Gallery Free daily tours; two for one entrance to Monochrome: Painting in Black and White exhibition; half price Monochrome catalogue; two for one Monochrome cocktails in the National Cafe 11-17 December 2017
National Portrait Gallery Free entry to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition 11-17 December 2017
Royal Academy £12 concessionary tickets to Jasper Johns exhibition – buy online and show National Lottery ticket upon arrival 4-10 December 2017
National Army Museum Free Christmas pastry with the purchase of any full price hot drink 11-17 December 2017
V&A Museum 15% discount in the shop; V&A Souvenir guide for £2 11-17 December 2017
Natural History Museum Free tickets to Whales or Venom exhibitions for one adult and up to three children (subject to availability) 11-17 December 2017
Science Museum Free tote bag (while stocks last); win a tour on the Flying Scotsman or exhibition tickets 11-17 December 2017
The Royal College of Music Free entry to weekday events 4-15 December 2017
Royal Geographical Society Free guided tour of Travels with the Director photography exhibition 11-15 December 2017
Design Museum Free guided tour 11-17 December 2017
Jozef Pilsudski Institute of London Free goodie bags first 10 visitors per day; free curatorial session (limited to 30 people) 12, 14 December 2017
National Trust Osterley Park and House Free entry Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Fulham Palace Free public history tour 12, 17 December 2017
Brooklands Museum Free entry 11-15 December 2017
National Trust Claremont Landscape GardenFree entry Wednesday, December 13, 2017
National Trust Ham House and Garden Free entry Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Free entry 11-17 December 2017
London Wildlife Trust – Sydenham Hill Wood Free guided walk, 10am Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Horniman Museum & Gardens Free entry to the Aquarium 11-15 December 2017
South London Gallery Free goody bag (limited to first 25 visitors) 11-17 December 2017
St Alfege Church Greenwich Free guided tour of the crypt Thursday, December 14, 2017

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2 comments on “Free offers at 400 heritage attractions in December
  1. Afton says:

    Any where free entry in Ireland?

  2. John B says:

    I got to 7 different places over 4 days, tip-off much appreciated

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