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Garden Walks and Tours

Join our expert gardeners for guided walks and tours in the historic gardens of Hillsborough Castle throughout the changing seasons. Discover what's in season and explore the magnificent history behind the beautiful plants and flowers.

Each tour starts in the Weston Pavilion at the Lower Visitor Centre and finishes back at the Weston Pavilion.

Want to learn more about our gardens? Join a garden workshop led by our gardeners to discover more about the gardens at Hillsborough Castle's only royal residence.

When

13 March - 15 May 2024

10.30 - 12.00

Ticketing information

Tickets available soon.

Ticket price: £20.20


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Bulbs, buds and blooms

Come and explore the gardens at Hillsborough Castle with Garden Manager Claire Woods at this exciting time of the year when everything is bursting into bloom. See early bulbs in flower and the magnificent magnolias and camellias. Learn about the history, plants and people who shaped and planted the gardens.

We recommend sturdy footwear as paths can be rough and the route will involve steep steps.

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2024
Time: 10.30
Location: Meet in the Lower Visitor Centre

A close up of pink spring flowering Magnolia tree buds, 10 April 2019. (Spring blossom.)
A close up of a single daffodil blooming against a blue sky and a background of massed daffodils.

Wander lonely as a cloud on our Daffodil walk

Wander through the garden and around the lake to enjoy the wide range of daffodils with expert Garden Manager Claire Woods. You will be introduced to the late daffodils still in flower as well as the early Rhododendrons.

We recommend sturdy footwear as paths can be rough and the route will involve steep steps.

Date: Wednesday 17 April 2024
Time: 10.30
Location: Meet in the Lower Visitor Centre

Planting productive vegetable gardens

Come and join Daniel Coombes and the Walled Garden team as they introduce you to the range of fruit and vegetables being grown this year and explain the techniques they are using. Examine the early crops and enjoy the fruit blossom.

The tour takes places in the Walled Garden and the surfaces are even.

Date: Wednesday 15 May 2024
Time: 10.30
Location: Meet in the Lower Visitor Centre

Fresh vegetables in cardboard boxes

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Garden Workshops

Join our expert gardeners in workshops and explore Hillsborough Castle's historic gardens.

  • 28 March - 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Families
  • Easter

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

St. Patrick’s Day Music & Storytelling Sessions

This St. Patrick’s Day, listen to traditional Irish tales and music with renowned storyteller Eamonn Keenan and musician Aodan MacSeafriadh.

  • 16 March 2024
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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