Easter at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Be our guest!

Be our guest!


  • 18-28 April 2019

Ticketing information

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Join our team of expert explainers and a cast of characters from the castle's history as we kick-start the Easter period with family activities for all ages.

Meet characters from history

Meet characters from the castle's past, including America's founding father Benjamin Franklin, and join the third Marquess of Downshire as he regales the audience with folk tales in the enchanting Glen.

Green-fingered visitors can also get gardening tips from Lady Alice Granville as she tends to her rose garden.

Explore history where it happened

Enjoy a family guided tour of our newly-represented State Rooms and learn about the historic events that took place within these walls.

Walk in the footsteps of royalty, peacemakers and presidents in Northern Ireland's royal residence and important Government building.

A young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Visitors enjoy walk and views from the South Terrace. A blue sky hangs above and purple flowers peek through the stone flags in the foreground.
Photo of visitors enjoying Family activities at Hillsborough Castle
A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
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

One tour per hour, starting on the hour (first tour: 10:00, final tour: 15:00)

Included in castle tours (members go free)

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)

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A gold crown sits on a bright pink background covered in pink flowers

Join us for a fun-filled celebration of summer in the stunning setting of Hampton Court Palace.

04-07 July 2019 (Preview evening: 01 July, RHS Members' Days 02 and 03 July)

Hampton Court Palace

Monday: 17:00-22.30; Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-19.30; Sunday: 10:00-17.30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Prepare a perfect afternoon tea with our Royal Victoria bone china teapot.

Royal Victoria bone china teapot

Prepare a perfect afternoon tea with our Royal Victoria bone china teapot. The teapots engaging design is inspired by some of Queen Victoria's most iconic symbols.


Royal Victoria Luxury White Pencil Case

Royal Victoria Luxury White Pencil Case

Our beautifully designed white pencil case features an enchanting design inspired by one of Queen Victoria's crowns and her Honiton Lace flounce from her wedding dress.


Royal Victoria list notepads set of two

Royal Victoria list notepads set of two

Our delightful set of two Royal Victoria notepads would make an ideal pocket sized book for writing your to do list or for your shopping.