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Projects supported by the National Lottery

Outside the front of Castle Drogo, surrounded by fencing after years of conservation work, in Devon
Castle Drogo in Devon is being supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to repair damage in this historic building | © National Trust Images / James Dobson

Every day we care for historic and natural places across England, Northern Ireland and Wales so that current and future generations can enjoy them. This ambition is shared by the National Lottery, which has been supporting key conservation projects since 1994. Their funding benefits many of our places, people and local communities year round.

Since 1994, thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, National Lottery Community Fund, Sport England and Sport Wales, we’ve received over £150 million to restore and repair historic houses, gardens and countryside.

From adding to the collection of Winston Churchill's personal objects at Chartwell in Kent, to transforming the mill and house at Quarry Bank in Cheshire, these restoration projects allow more people to experience nature, beauty and history. Millions of people visit the places that have benefitted from National Lottery Heritage Fund grants each year.

An artist's impression of the new Whitburn Coastal Conservation centre at Souter Lighthouse, showing a small modern building with a living roof.
An artist's impression of the Whitburn Conservation Centre at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, Tyne & Wear | © MawsonKerr Architects

Projects supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Castle Drogo, Devon

Repairing the castle

At Castle Drogo, a major project was needed to address nearly 100 years of water ingress, leaks and damage. This historic castle, perched on the granite rock on Dartmoor, was saved thanks to the generous support of several donations and sources of funding, including from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Learn more about saving Castle Drogo

View of Snowdonia with mountains in the background and a rocky landscape and wooden bridge in the mid ground

Give back to the places you love

Whether you choose to fundraise, donate or volunteer, there are lots of meaningful ways to help look after the places in our care for future generations.

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Family exploring the Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate, Norfolk

Explore for free with your National Lottery ticket 

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Grants and funding 

Find out more about the funding the National Trust receives from grants, and the projects it has helped support.


The Curtain Rises project at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Find out more about the major conservation work at Seaton Delaval Hall and discover new facilities, experiences and events thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Oxburgh's roof project 

Find out more about the £6 million project at Oxburgh Estate, which included repairs to the roof, windows, chimneys and medieval gatehouse façade, securing Oxburgh’s future and the collection within.


Raising the roof at Ickworth 

Discover how Ickworth completed a major conservation project to repair the Rotunda roof and safeguard the future of this classic Italianate building for years to come.