Christmas at Hillsborough Castle

Join us for live music, festive food and Christmas celebrations this December at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Explore our historic palace and gardens with your day admission ticket, or become a member to enjoy unlimited adventures for a whole year.

Things to see and do this Christmas

Experience Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens with these festive additions to your combined castle and gardens ticket.

Tours and talks Things to see

Join us on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle during the festive season.

02 - 13 December 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Father Christmas looks at a mince pie in his hand in front of a large Christmas tree and dressed in green robes. He is wearing a wreath.
Tours and talks Families

Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas and meet Father Christmas himself on a festive tour of the house led by a costumed Explainer.

14 December 2019-05 January 2020 (excluding 24-26 December)

Hillsborough Castle

First tour: 10:00

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Primary school students take part in school session at Kensington Palace
Families Christmas

Join us this Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for festive family fun with storytelling, arts and crafts, dancing and drumming.

Selected dates in December 2019 and January 2020

Hillsborough Castle

Drop-in throughout the day

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Victorian-style wreath hanging on a tree in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle
Events Christmas

Create a seasonal Victorian wreath using foliage from the castle grounds with resident florist, Lorna Brownlee.

Friday 13 December, Saturday 14 December

Hillsborough Castle

11:00-13:00, 14:30-16:30

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Image of jazz percussionist David Lyttle sat on a car bonnet
Events Highlights

Join jazz percussionist David Lyttle and his band as they perform a new suite of music at Hillsborough Castle.

14 December 2019

Hillsborough Castle

19:00 drinks reception, 19:30 start

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

From November - December there will be a series of festive events and activities at Hillsborough, including live music, food, family workshops, choral concerts and Christmas ghost stories this November and December at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Meet the Victorian household of Lord & Lady Arthur Hill, the Tower of London's famous Yeoman Warders, Lucy Worsley and, of course, Father Christmas as you explore Northern Ireland's royal residence.

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Discover the magic of Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens with your combined castle and gardens ticket (members go free).

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Enhance your visit with afternoon tea

A couple enjoy afternoon tea in the newly-decorated Garden Room at the Stableyard Tea Room, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Small brightly coloured cakes and sandwiches are presented on silverware in the middle of the table. There is green and white floral wallpaper on the walls and a large gold mirror hangs in the background.

Enjoy afternoon tea in the cosy surroundings of the Garden Room for £29.95 per person, including all-day admission to the beautiful grounds and gardens at Hillsborough Castle.

Treat yourself or a loved-one to a choice of 12 loose leaf Suki Teas or coffee, freshly made sandwiches and scones, thick cream, walled garden preserves and a scrumptious patisserie. Spoil yourself with a small bottle of prosecco for £7.50.

Historic Royal Palaces members will enjoy an additional discount.

To book for yourself or buy a gift voucher, please phone 028 9268 1395 or email [email protected]. Available daily, subject to availability.

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Gifts inspired by Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Treat someone special to an exquisite gift from our shop, inspired by the beauty and history of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

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