There's so much fun to be had at Hillsborough Castle; from playing in and exploring the surrounding gardens, woodland, and waterways to discovering the secrets and stories of the 18th century Castle.

We're currently developing an exciting programme of events and activities for families at Hillsborough Castle over school holiday periods. For more information, check out What’s on.

Available every day, you can pick up our gardens family activity trail from the Visitor Information Centre at Hillsborough Court house, or from the Hillsborough Castle Wardens at the main gate.


You can pre-book a ticket for a tour of the Castle which includes self-guided access to the gardens. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is currently geared towards adults, although children are welcome. You can also purchase a gardens only admission ticket.  More information and prices can be found on our tickets and prices page.

Family membership

Do you live locally? Are you on holiday and planning to visit more than one historic royal palace? Or would you like to re-visit one of the palaces? Membership is a great option for families. Join us today to enjoy free and unlimited entry to the fabulous Historic Royal Palaces all year round.

Find out more about membership >

Baby changing facilities

Baby changing facilities are available in both the male and female toilets near the Stableyard. There are also baby changing facilities available at the State Entrance.  

Buggies and pushchairs

Pushchairs are very welcome in and around the Castle grounds. However, due to conservation purposes, we're currently unable to facilitate them inside the Castle.


Visits to Hillsborough Castle can involve plenty of walking, especially in the beautiful grounds so please do wear comfortable shoes. Please note that Heelys cannot be used inside the castle.

Food and drink

We are in the process of building our own restaurant here at Hillsborough Castle, but in the meantime there's plenty of family-friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs in Hillsborough town.


Extra care should be taken in the castle gardens, especially where there are water features and streams. Please do not allow children to touch or eat the plants as they may be harmful.

Balls, bicycles, scooters and rollerblades are not permitted within the gardens.

Lost children

Please approach the nearest member of uniformed palace staff if you require first aid assistance or have lost a child.


Only assistance dogs are permitted in the grounds.

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