Keep the family entertained with days out at historic Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
From tiny wild beasts to big picnic spots and incredible history, things to do at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens come in all shapes and sizes this summer!
Explore our historic gardens with your day admission ticket to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, or become a member to enjoy unlimited adventures for a whole year.
Hunt for mini beasts with your bugnoculars, magnifying glass and identification kit in the gardens (available 15 July – 1 September 2019 from the garden explorers cart).
See what exciting things you can discover in the gardens and get creative with your Gardener's Notebook from the Summer House.
Run, play and wander through over 100 acres of historic gardens, from wild meadows and our kitchen garden to Georgian temples and picturesque waterways.
Hear stories from the castle's past and find out what weird and wonderful things our guests have left behind.
Discover something new and exciting in the gardens as part of your day admission ticket (members go free).
Pick up a special Gardener's Notebook in the Summer House to record what you see and smell during your day.
Can you spot the swans, kingfishers and other wildlife on the beautiful lake, and listen for the ravens in the Pinetum?
Or maybe you can see otters in the pond near Lady Alice's Temple?
Learn the story of legendary Irish poet Ossian alongside his statue in the Glen. You might even find the 3rd Marquess telling tales of Ireland's mythological heroes and maybe pick up a cúpla focal. Find out when you can hear the 3rd Marquess on our summer activities page.
Pick up some bugnoculars, a magnifying glass and an identification kit from the garden explorer's cart (available 4-6 July during the Food Festival and 15 July – 1 September 2019) and see what you can find hiding in the gardens.
Look out for bees in the Walled Garden, butterflies in the Wild Meadow and, if you're lucky, even a newt in the pond!
Follow the trail through the Grotto to the Ice House, where the Hill family managed to trap winter in a cave the whole year round.
Then hide out in the Willow House to learn about The Night of the Big Wind.
Some of the trees in the gardens were planted by grand visitors on special occasions. These trees have plaques next to them, recording the date and name of the visitor. Can you find some?Find out more about our summer family activities