THREE major attractions in Stratford-upon-Avon will be throwing open their doors for free to National Lottery players next week.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall are saying thank you to players who have helped pay for major Lottery-funded projects.

Lottery ticket or scratchcard holders can visit New Place and the RSC’s The Play’s The Thing exhibition from 11th to 17th December.

And Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall will open for free to ticket holders on 15th, 16th and 17th December.

Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Shakespeare’s New Place, the RSC’s Swan Wing and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall underwent transformation projects, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

Over £6 million of lottery grants were invested in Stratford-upon-Avon in projects celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare.


Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage which has been transformed by more than £7billion National Lottery funding since 1994.

“This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to people who buy tickets.”


One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for one adult and two children to Shakespeare’s New Place, RSC’s The Play’s The Thing Exhibition and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.

Anyone that visits and collects stamps from all three attractions will be entered into a prize draw to win a Shakespeare prize package worth over £180 to include a 12-month family pass to all five Shakespeare Family Homes plus Shakespeare Guidebook, year-long family pass to The Play’s The Thing exhibition and afternoon tea for up to six people, and an annual family ticket and guide book to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall.