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The Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt

At Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

At Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Don’t miss the enchanting Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt this Easter season, as the Lindt GOLD BUNNY hops over to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for the very first time. Immerse your family in the magic of spring with this special adventure.

Embark on a captivating journey as you explore the stunning gardens of Hillsborough Castle. As you explore the 100 acres, be on the lookout for elusive Lindt GOLD BUNNY statues peeking out from half a million colourful blooms as part of Spring Spectacular. Hidden amongst the charming Lindt GOLD BUNNY are letters that hold the key to a secret question.

Think you’ve cracked the clue? Your quest will be rewarded with a delicious Lindt GOLD BUNNY 10g chocolate* treat! After all that exploring, take a well-earned break in our delicious café, where you can relax and refuel with a drink, indulgent cake or nutritious lunch. On Easter Monday 01 April, and Easter Tuesday 02 April, you can also make a kite together, then watch in soar in the gardens.

Pre-book your tickets now for an unmissable spring day out, members go free.

*Non-chocolate alternatives available on request.


Saturday 23 March - Sunday 07 April 2024

In line with gardens opening hours

Ticket Information

Members and under 5s go free.

The hunt is designed for children aged 3-12 years old and their families. Please allow 90 minutes to complete the trail.  

Kite making takes place throughout the day on Monday 01 and Tuesday 02 April and is included in admission. 

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

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The South Terrace showing a family enjoying the Easter trail.
The wilderness showing little girl playing with Lindt Easter bunny. Yellow daffodils and white crocuses pop against the verdant green grass.
Yew Tree Walk (with Lady Alice Temple in background) showing family enjoying and exploring the grounds at Easter.

Become a member

With Easter kicking off a season of unmissable family events, now is the perfect time to become a member. Secure a full year of unlimited family fun at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens starting from £70 with Direct Debit^ – less than £6 per month! 

Over in England during 23 March - 14 April? Your membership will also get you free entry to the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt at Hampton Court Palace, back by popular demand. 

^Membership available on annual subscription only.

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The Wilderness showing children hunting Lindt Easter bunnies. They are both wearing bunny ears, appearing from from behind a tree with the Lindt GOLD BUNNY in the foreground.

Download our trail map as a guide for your bunny hunt.


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Spring Spectacular

Witness half a million bulbs in bloom in 100 acres of stunning gardens.

  • 09 March – 06 May 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Families

The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Hillsborough Castle family tour

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

  • 16 and 17 March, 23 March – 07 April
  • 12.30 or 13.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket
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