Summer family activities

When

  • Selected dates in July and August

Ticketing information

Family activities are suitable for families with children aged 5+.

All children must be accompanied.

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Try our Georgian activities this summer and explore Hillsborough Castle and Gardens together

Discover heroic tales

Learn the story of legendary Irish poet Ossian in the Walled Garden. You might even find the 3rd Marquess telling tales of Ireland’s mythological heroes and maybe pick up a cúpla focal.

Dates: 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 July and 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08 August and 01 September 
Times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Location: Summer House in the Walled Garden

Garden explorers cart 

The cart offers a range of ‘pick & mix’ resources and activities which can be borrowed by families to help them to explore the garden, discover something new and have fun together.

Dates: Monday 15 July - Friday 09 August and Monday 19 August - Sunday 01 September  
Times: Available from 10:00
Location: Walled Garden

Summer make and take

Get crafty with our artist facilitator and make something wonderful to take home. Please note that numbers are limited, and only children may make the craft. All children must be accompanied.

Dates: 15, 17, 18, 23, 25 July and 07, 09, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 30, 31 August 
Times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30
Location: South Lawn
In the event of bad weather this will take place in the Clore Learning Centre. Please meet in the Stable Yard.

Hands-on Hillsborough: Object handling

What will you discover at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this August? Uncover some of the stories, characters and history for yourself by exploring some of the objects in our handling collection.

Dates: Monday 15 July - Friday 09 August 2019 and Monday 19 August - Sunday 01 September  
Times: 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00
Location: Stable Yard courtyard

August bank holiday weekend

Georgian ice cream workshop with Lick Gelato

Watch a live demonstration on how to make gelato, then all children can make their own ice cream sundaes – all ingredients provided and children will receive an 'Ice cream sundae making' certificate.
Please note that numbers are limited, and only children may take part. 

Dates: Saturday 24 August, Sunday 25 August and Monday 26 August
Times: 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:30
Location: Clore Learning Centre

Kite making workshop

Inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite experiment, make your own kite to fly in the grounds and then take home. Please note that numbers are limited, and only children may make a kite.

Dates: Saturday 24 August and Sunday 25 August
Times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
Location: South Lawn
In the event of bad weather this will take place in the Clore Learning Centre. Please meet in the Stable Yard.

Downshire Brass Band

Dates: Saturday 24 August and Sunday 25 August
Times: 14:00-16:15
Location: South Terrace

A woman and her two children enjoy playing on the South Lawn Hillsborough Castle and Gardens on a bright sunny day
A woman and her two children enjoy the gardens of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens on a bright sunny day
Family making activity at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
A woman and her two children enjoy the Jubilee Parterre and South Lawn at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. The caste is shown in the background
The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission 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.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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