Valentine’s Day is here and lottery love is in the air! It’s no secret that millions of people have fallen in love with the National Lottery, but did you know that billions of pounds in lottery revenue have been given back to the community through Good Causes? Lottery impacts our daily lives through its support of healthcare, sports, and cultural projects — it even impacts romance! The Heritage Lottery Fund, which allocates Good Causes funds for preservation projects, has awarded £6.8 billion in grants since 1994. Let’s take a trip down the aisle together as we tour the most romantic lottery-funded wedding venues.
Cardiff Castle – 1998 Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Walking through the grounds of Cardiff Castle is like travelling through time. The castle was built on top of ancient Roman ruins by conquering Normans in the late 11th century. Every corner of the castle evokes memories from the city’s past from the 15th century Black Tower to its WWII-era air-raid shelters. You can make Cardiff Castle part of your history by getting married within its hallowed walls. Think about adding the National Lottery to your guest list, because this national treasure has been renovated and given VIP treatment with Heritage Lottery Fund grants since 1998. Lottery-funded projects have included fine art restoration, handicapped access, and much more.
Valentines Mansion and Gardens – 2005 Heritage Lottery Fund grant
The Valentines Mansion and Gardens is located in Ilford, Redbridge in northeastern London. It dates back to the late 17th century and was originally constructed for the widow of John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury. The mansion and grounds remained in the family until 1912, when it was given to the local government. In the 20th century, it was used for a hospital, refugee centre, and government offices. The mansion itself was empty from 1993 to 2008, but was given new life with the help of a £2 million Heritage Lottery fund grant approved in 2005. The Valentines Mansion and Gardens now serves as a museum, art gallery, learning centre, and an exquisite wedding venue.
Aberglasney House and Gardens – 2015 Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Let’s head back to beautiful Wales and visit the Aberglasney House and Gardens in Carmarthenshire. The estate traces its origins to a family related to a tribal leader of Wales in the Middle Ages, however the Aberglasney House itself was built in 1603 by Bishop Anthony Rudd. For the next three centuries, it changed owners many times and was eventually occupied by the US Army as housing for troops in WWII. After the war ended, it went back into private hands until 1995 when it was transferred to a local charity, the Aberglasney Restoration Trust. With the aid of a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant in July 2015, the property and gardens are blooming with potential. Featuring lush gardens and woodland, this property could be the wedding venues of your dreams.