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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.
Things to see Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

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

A young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Families Tours and talks

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

Weekends only

Hillsborough Castle

11:30 or 14:30

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

State Entrance of Hillsborough Castle showing fireplace with surrounding seating and furniture. Looking towards doors leading into Candlestick Hall.
Events Tours and talks

Join an expert guide on a tour of Hillsborough Castle's art treasures including unique works from the Royal Collection and other major lenders.

Last Sunday of every month

Hillsborough Castle

11:45

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

A mother and two children the Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Families

Discover our Wonder Weekends together this Halloween! Enjoy some spooky storytelling and get hands-on with fascinating objects and craft activities.

30 November

Hillsborough Castle

Drop in throughout the day

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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.

30 November 2019, 25 January 2020, 29 February 2020

Hillsborough Castle

11.45

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

Things to see Tours and talks

Join us on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle during the festive season.

02 - 13 December 2019

Hillsborough Castle

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

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017
Events Member only

Enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine whilst you shop, and have your book signed by Lucy Worsley, our Joint Chief Curator.

3 December 2019

Hillsborough Castle

18:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Victorian-style wreath hanging on a tree in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle
Events

Create a seasonal Victorian wreath using foliage from the castle grounds with resident florist, Lorna Brownlee.

Friday 13 December, Saturday 14 December

Hillsborough Castle

11:00-13:00, 14:30-16:30

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Father Christmas looks at a mince pie in his hand in front of a large Christmas tree and dressed in green robes. He is wearing a wreath.
Families Tours and talks

Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas and meet Father Christmas himself on a festive tour of the house led by a costumed Explainer.

14 December 2019 - 5 January 2020 (excluding 24-26 December)

Hillsborough Castle

First tour: 10:00

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

Image of jazz percussionist David Lyttle sat on a car bonnet
Events Highlights

Join jazz percussionist David Lyttle and his band as they perform a new suite of music at Hillsborough Castle.

14 December 2019

Hillsborough Castle

19:00 drinks reception, 19:30 start

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Primary school students take part in school session at Kensington Palace
Families

Join us this Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for festive family fun with storytelling, arts and crafts, dancing and drumming.

Selected dates in December 2019 and January 2020

Hillsborough Castle

Drop-in throughout the day

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

NEW The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
Events Member only

Join us for a member-only guided tour through the Gardens at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Wednesday 22 January 2020 and Saturday 22 February 2020

Hillsborough Castle

Wednesday 22 January at 13.30 and Saturday 22 February at 11.00