A POPULAR attraction is throwing open its doors for free to Lottery players.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal will admit visitors with a National Lottery ticket or scratch card for free on December 5 and 6.

The estate is one of hundreds of participating Lottery-funded attractions across the UK saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has received £128,900 for development of the Skell Valley Project. Sarah France, world heritage co-ordinator, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ll be able to develop this exciting project which will help make the Skell Valley a greener, healthier and more open place for everyone. You can find out more about the project on our website and we hope lots of people will come and see us this week and enjoy a Christmas day out at Fountains on the house.”

Ros Kerslake of the Lottery said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994."