Spring family activities

Be our Guest!

Be our Guest!

When

  • Start date: 18 April 2019
  • End date: 06 May 2019
Various dates over the May Day Bank Holiday

Ticketing information

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)

Join in the family fun at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this Spring

There is lots of activities to do this Easter and May Day Bank Holiday.

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 Granville as she tends to her rose garden.

Drop-in sing-along

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)

 

Kite making

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)

Object handling 

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

Photo of visitors enjoying Family activities at Hillsborough Castle

Meet the Ravenmaster

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

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 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.
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.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (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

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A selection of silver jewellery celebrating the conservation of the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens.

Shop Kew Palace gifts

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.

Prices start from £1.99

A selection of the Royal Victoria bone china range displayed in lifestyle setting

Royal Victoria gifts

Exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, our Royal Victoria gifts are inspired by iconic symbols from Queen Victoria's reign.

Prices start from £3.99

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.

£75.00