Be our Guest!
Family activities are included in gardens admission and suitable for families with children aged 5+.
All children must be accompanied.
Included in gardens admission (members go free)
There is lots of activities to do this Easter and May Day Bank Holiday.
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 Granville as she tends to her rose garden.
Inspired by famous composer Lady Annie Hill, join choirmaster John D’Arcy to take part in this mass sing-along. No singing experience necessary!
Date(s): Monday 22 April - Thursday 25 April and Monday 06 May
Time(s): 12:00 and 15:30
Location: Meet on the South Terrace (Parterre on Wednesday 24 April)
Inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite experiment, make your own kite to fly in the grounds and then take home. Please note that numbers are limited, and only children may make a kite.
Date(s): Monday 22 April - Thursday 25 April and Sunday 05 May - Monday 06 May
Time(s): 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30
Location: Gazebo on South Lawn (Market Room in wet weather)
Join in a hands-on experience exploring some of our historic objects.
Date(s): Thursday 18 April - Thursday 25 April and Saturday 04 May - Monday 06 May
Time(s): 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00
Location: Stable Yard
Come and meet the Tower of London's Ravenmaster, Christopher Skaife, and learn all about the unique birds in his care. Questions and photographs are encouraged!
Date(s): Saturday 27 April
Time(s): 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00 (20 minute Q&A sessions)
Location: Outside the State Entrance entrance to Hillsborough Castle
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.
The most intimate of our six royal palaces, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818. These gifts and souvenirs are all inspired by Kew Palace.