A Choral Christmas at the Castle

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

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


  • 01 December 2018

Ticketing information

Adult: £35
Concession: £32.50 (seniors and under 25s, students and Historic Royal Palaces Members)

Tickets must be pre-booked in advance. Doors open at 19:15 for 19:45 start.

All children must be over 12 years old and accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Cappella Caeciliana – one of Northern Ireland’s most original choirs, will bring the magic of Christmas to Hillsborough Castle, with a specially created programme of festive readings, poetry and choral music that are sure to get you well and truly into the spirit of the season!

During the interval, guests can enjoy a festive drink in the castle’s grand and elegant State Rooms, with our expert Explainers on-hand to share the rich, inspiring and often surprising history of this working royal residence.

Important information

Limited onsite parking is available. Parking for blue-badge holders can be arranged on request in advance.

About Cappella Caeciliana

Cappella Caeciliana was founded on the feast of St Cecilia 1995 and has sung liturgies and concerts all over Northern Ireland as well as performing in Dublin, Galway, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and the USA. 

The choir has made five CD recordings and have performed on many occasions for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio Ulster and on BBC and ITV television. Cappella has performed with the Ulster Orchestra and with many renowned individual artists including Sir James MacMillan, Carlos Acosta, Eamonn Dougan, Stephen Layton, and The Priests, the latter being founder members of the choir.


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.
Tours and talks Things to see

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

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)

The Beauchamp Tower, looking south towards an arrow loop window. A large wooden cross positioned on the floor can be partially seen in the foreground. 

The Beauchamp Tower was built between 1275-81 by King Edward I (1239-1307). It is named after Thomas Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick who was imprisoned in the tower in 1397, accused of high treason.
Things to see

Learn why people ended up as prisoners in the Tower of London, in the very rooms where some of them were held.

Open daily

Tower of London

Picture of our Royal Victoria bone china tall mug - gold, silver and white

Royal Victoria bone china tall mug

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Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

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Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 silver proof UK £5 poppy commemorative coin

Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 silver proof UK £5 poppy commemorative coin

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