A Victorian wedding party

Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.

About this session

Key Stage 1 | Areas of Learning: The World Around Us, Numeracy | Topic: Victorians | Session Type: Route-based

How did Victorians celebrate? Explore how rich and poor in Victorian Ireland would have celebrated important events.

Students will meet a costumed presenter portraying a member of the Hill family on the eve of the wedding of the year! Students will assist in preparations for the big day and learn about suitable entertainment, food and gifts.

Examine replica artefacts to compare and contrast the experiences of rich and poor in Victorian times. Explore patterns and symmetry within the house, before designing a wedding gift.

Learning objectives

Children will:

• Learn that Hillsborough Castle is a home with close links to the community.
• Learn that rich and poor people lived differently in Victorian times but enjoyed many similar things.
• Use their discoveries to draw comparisons between their own lives and the lives of people in the past.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

• Pupils to explore how people and places have changed over time.
• Exploring an historical building.
• Development of speaking and listening skills and asking perceptive questions.
• Exploration of shape and pattern in the environment, including creating a symmetrical pattern.

Booking information

2019-2020 Academic Year

Monday to Wednesday
10.30, 11:45

60 minutes

Up to 32 children


Book your school visit

Session notes for teachers

Key information about your school visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Download session notes for teachers