Castle building, boat racing, stories and more for families this Easter at Hillsborough Castle

Castle building, boat racing, stories and more for families this Easter at Hillsborough Castle

Lady Alice Temple, Hillsborough Castle

16 March 2016

Easter weekend (26-29 March) at Hillsborough Castle promises to be adventure packed with a variety of fun family activities for all ages.

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for Hillsborough Castle, has teamed up with Young at Art, the people behind Belfast Children’s Festival, to run family workshops throughout the weekend 26- 29 March. Ever fancied building your own castle? Budding builders will work together, and with their parents, to create a colourful cardboard castle fit for royalty! Perfect for the under 5’s but suitable for all ages.

Meanwhile kids can get creative building their own miniature boat – but will it be ship-shape enough? Twice daily races on Saturday and Sunday in the castle garden’s stream will soon test how water-worthy it is!

On Easter Monday and Tuesday (28 - 29 March), Lady Alice and friends will enthral youngsters with stories, comedy and music. Twice daily kids will be invited to the castle’s Throne Room for comedy and sing-a-long (open to all ages, but best for 8+). Or take a seat in the more intimate State Drawing Room for interactive storytelling (best for 3-6 years).

Throughout the holidays there’ll be a chance to play garden games and explore the beautiful grounds using Lady Alice’s trail, our specially created leaflet for families.

*Please note: sessions inside the Castle have limited numbers, allocated on a daily first-come-first served basis, so please arrive early on the day to book your place and avoid disappointment.

Notes for Editors

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Ticket information:

Easter Monday/Tuesday:Family ticket £20.00 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Adult: £7.50 Concession £5.50. Children aged 4 and under go free.

All other times(does not include admission inside the Castle): Family ticket £10.00 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Individual: £3.50. Children aged 4 and under go free.

House Tours for adults are available through the week (including Easter Monday and Tuesday), however these must be booked separately, see the website for details.

Buy your entrance tickets in advance via


Please note parking on site is for disabled badge holders only. There are 2 public car parks in Hillsborough one at the bottom of the village and one at the top of the main street.

The house is fully wheelchair accessible. Due to the natural terrain of the gardens some of paths are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. Assistance dogs are allowed into the grounds.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office.

Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit

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