Booking information, admission rates, what's included, term dates and useful resources
Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended school visits and programmes.
We hope to have school visits return to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens from April 2021 and will begin taking bookings from January 2021.
Should you have any questions please do feel free to contact us: [email protected].
Please be aware that it will take us longer than normal to respond to emails. As a result of the pandemic the Schools & Communities team are currently on furlough until further notice. If your enquiry is urgent, please contact [email protected].
Our curriculum-based sessions are led by expert presenters who bring the history of the palace to life through lively, interactive learning opportunities.
We offer a wide selection of curriculum-based sessions linked to a range of subjects for Key Stages 1 to 5, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Primary sessions cater for up to 32 students, while secondary and SEND capacities vary so please check the session information.Sessions information and prices
Primary Sessions (60 minutes)
Secondary Sessions (90 minutes)
SEND sessions (60 minutes)
Teachers and adults
Up to agreed ratios: Free
Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
Additional adults: £11.40
All school group visits must be booked in advance. Dates sell out quickly so we advise booking at least two months in advance. Payment is due six weeks prior to visiting.
The following ratios apply to all school groups visiting the castle and gardens.
Key Stage 1 (age 4-7) = 1:5
Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 (age 7-15) = 1:10
Key Stage 5 and up (age 16+) = 1:15
SEND groups can determine their own ratios.
Groups with an inadequate number of accompanying adults may not be admitted.
Monday 09 September – Friday 13 December 2019
Monday 13 January – Wednesday 8 April 2020
Monday 20 April – Tuesday 30 June 2020
Autumn 2020 -Summer 2021
Term dates to be confirmed in September 2020. Please check this page for updates.
Email your booking request form to the schools team at: [email protected] Further enquiries? Please ring 020 3166 6646 for more information.
After receiving your booking request we will email you with a booking confirmation and invoice which must be paid in advance of your visit and according to our payment terms six weeks prior to visiting.
Our preferred method of payment is by BACS. Payment details can be found on your invoice. When making payment please ensure you quote the invoice number and if possible your school/company name.For queries - email our finance team
Contact us on +44 (0) 20 3166 6646 to make a payment. Please have ready your event and invoice reference number, name of cardholder as it appears on the card, card number, security code and expiry date.