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Group visits

Benefit from easy admission, discounts and voucher schemes for groups of 15 or more.

Benefit from easy admission, discounts and voucher schemes for groups of 15 or more.

Group Castle ticket prices from 01 March

You can book for groups of 15 with a maximum of 25 per slot. 

Please contact [email protected] to enquire. 

We advise that face masks are worn in indoor spaces including palace shops and cafes and that visitors continue to maintain a respectful distance from staff and other visitors not in their group.

Type Castle visit

Adult (16+ years old)

£18.60 / person

Child (under 16)

£9.30 / person

Younger Person 16-17 Years

£9.30 / person

Senior

age 65+

£14.90 / person

Full time student 18+

Students need to show a valid student identification card.

£14.90 / person

Concession (full-time students, over 65)

£14.90 / person

Hillsborough Castle operates timed entry slots for all groups. Whilst we will make every effort to accommodate your preferred time, we may need to offer an alternative slot.

Group gardens only tickets from 01 March

You can book online for groups of 15 with a maximum of 50 per slot. 

We are now accepting walk-up groups for gardens only visits. In this scenario, you will be allocated the next available free space but your group may be split over several time slots. You will be able to pay for your group and obtain the tickets for admission at the Ticket offices on site.

Face masks should be worn in indoor spaces including the shop and cafe and we ask that visitors continue to maintain a respectful distance from staff and other visitors not in their group.

If you require additional information, please contact [email protected]

Type Gardens only

Members

entry to all 6 palaces from £55 per year

Free

Adult

age 18-64

£9.20 / person

Child

Under 5's go free and do not need a ticket. Children aged 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

£4.60 / person

Younger Person 16-17 Years

£4.60 / person

Senior

age 65+

£7.40 / person

Full time student 18+

Students need to show a valid student identification card.

£7.40 / person

Disabled concession

£7.40 / person

Hillsborough Castle operates timed entry slots for all groups. Whilst we will make every effort to accommodate your preferred time, we may need to offer an alternative slot.

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. 

Coaches and minibuses

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].

Arrival time at the castle

Your self-guided tour will 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

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.

Food for groups

Photographs of afternoon tea offer at HCG , photographed in the Stable Yard Café: View of table set with cakes, sandwiches, teapot, teacups and champagne flutes.

Groups of 15 pax or more visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens can enjoy a wide variety of meal options.

Choose from one of the below: 

Tea, coffee, shortbread: £4.35pp inc VAT

Tea, coffee, scones: £6pp inc VAT

Soup and sandwich lunch: £9.50pp inc VAT

Taste of the gardens Afternoon Tea: £25pp inc VAT

Email [email protected]  for more information and to book. 

 

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