Group visits

Benefits for parties of 15 or more

Benefits for parties of 15 or more

Updated 2 July. Following guidance from the government, outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. The castle will re-open 30 July. Please read our visit information.

Group prices

In line with government guidelines, we are sorry that we are unable to accept group bookings of 15 people or more arriving together at this time. We hope to be able to offer this when it is safe to do so.

Due to restraints on capacity we have also suspended any guided tours or guiding within the palaces.

Benefit from discounts on the gate price for visitors in groups of 15 or more. Groups can purchase two types of ticket:

  • Gardens-only ticket
  • Combined castle tour and gardens ticket
Type Castle tour Gardens only


£11.70 / person

£8.20 / person


£5.85 / person

£4.10 / person


£9.40 / person

£6.50 / person

Ticket types

Child: Under 16 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Adult: 16 years and over.
Concession: Full-time students (16 years and over), and over 65s.

How to book

In line with government guidelines, we are sorry that we are unable to accept group bookings of 15 people or more at this time.

Online booking
Coming soon

On the day
Groups do not have to book in advance and can pay on the gate. 

Group booking line
+44 (0)33 3320 6000

[email protected]

School group bookings
More information on educational visits.

Please be aware that Group Bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance.


Groups of 25 or more

Due to the historic nature of the building, castle tours can accommodate a maximum of 25 people per time slot. Larger groups are advised to divide and take alternate time slots. 

Top tips for your visit

  • Drop off and collection points for minibuses and coaches are located in the free car park, accessible off the A1.
  • Group parking for minibuses and coaches can be arranged in the Forecourt, adjacent to the Stable Yard and the Castle, subject to availability on the day of your visit. To arrange this, please email [email protected]
  • All tours start from the State Entrance of the castle. If you are arriving via the car park, you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your tour to allow sufficient time to park and make your way to the castle. A people mover vehicle is available to assist those with accessibility needs.
  • If you have printed your tickets at home in advance, please make your way from the Lower Visitor Centre to the castle State Entrance before your tour is due to begin.
  • Rucksacks, large bags and buggies are not allowed inside the castle. Buggies can be left in the buggy store, whilst rucksacks and other large bags can be left in the locker room, buggy store or secure bag drop facility at the State Entrance.
  • Lockers and a buggy park are available in the Stable Yard. Lockers are available on a first come first served basis and are operated via a £1.00 coin deposit.

Useful information

An exterior photo of the South facade of Hillsborough Castle on a sunny September day. Framed by greenery.

Getting here

For free on-site parking, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.


We offer all the essential facilitiesand a few you may not expect, including advice and tips for a perfect day out.

Grab a coffee or a slice of cake

Enjoy delicious cakes, sandwiches and hot meals at Hillsborough Castle Café or Stable Yard Tea Room

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.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens 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.


Hillsborough Castle

Two visitors with their backs to the camera look at a painting of two saints embracing.
Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the hidden histories of Hillsborough Castle from a different perspective.

26 September 2020 and then last Saturday of every month at 11.45am

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)