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The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-16:00 (last admission is 15:00)

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Wednesday to Sunday

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-15:00, two tours per hour starting on the hour and 30 minutes past

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017
Families Tours and talks

Join the household as they prepare for a festive bazaar and plan their musical entertainment in 1895.

28 November to 23 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-16:00

Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaks at a reception
Events

Historic Royal Palaces' Chief Curator and TV Presenter Lucy Worsley will guide you through the life of Queen Victoria.

30 November 2018 (sold out)

Hillsborough Castle

19:30

20 members of the choral group Cappella Carciliana stand in front of the State Entrance to Hillsborough Castle. The stone pillars and Georgian windows of the castle are visible in the background. The gentlemen wear a black suit and tie whilst the ladies in the group wear green ballgown dress.
Events

Because there's nothing more magical than carols in a castle dressed for Christmas.

01 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

19:45-22:00

Paper cut sparrow
Events

Join artist Emma Davison to create an intricate paper cut artwork of your own in this adult masterclass.

02 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-13:00

Food historian Marc Meltonville tells visitors about the invention of Christmas.
Tours and talks

Discover the origins of Christmas while sampling Victorian food, drink and music on this special festive tour of the house.

07 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

First tour 18:45, Second tour 19:45

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

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

15 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-12:00

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017
Families Tours and talks

Between Christmas and Twelfth Night the world turns topsy-turvy as the old year makes way for the new!

27-30 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-16:00

Moss Walk at Hillsborough Castle in the snow
Events

Join acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney for a special candle-lit reading of spooky stories in the atmospheric Throne Room.

28 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

19:00