Great Rabbit Runaround

This Easter, scramble down a rabbit hole at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens…

This Easter, scramble down a rabbit hole at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens…

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement



Trail and activities can be completed within 2 hours

Ticketing information

Please be aware if you are visiting in the afternoon that last palace entry is at 15:00.

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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Take part in the Great Rabbit Runaround in Hillsborough Castle's gardens this Easter

Unfortunately this event is cancelled.

Hillsborough Castle's gardens are over-run with rabbits! Can you help us find them? 

Make the most of spring time and bring along the entire family to follow an activity-filled trail around the gardens of Hillsborough Castle. 

Use your map to follow the bunny trail, taking part in activities, answering questions and meeting some exciting new characters along the way.

Collect your stamps at all six locations around the gardens to claim your chocolate bunny prize!

The trail is designed for children aged 2-12 years old and their families. Allow 2 hours to complete it with ease.

Members go free

Why not join today as a member of Historic Royal Palaces and enjoy unlimited adventures at our six palaces.

Easter trail activities

Make your own bunny ears
Make your own bunny ear headdress to wear while you're following your trail.

Spot the rabbit
The pesky bunnies are causing trouble for the gardener, chomping their way through his tasty vegetable patch. He's not very happy! Can you help him spot the rabbits ruining his prize vegetables? 

Object handling
Hmm, some of the things in the Summer House have got into a bit of a muddle. Can you work out which items are rabbit related?

Poacher in the Pinetum
Whispers on the estate say there is a poacher hiding in the Pinetum! Can you find them? What have they got hiding in their sack? 

Beat the butler
The butler has so much to do, with so little time. Can you help prepare for the Marchioness of Downshires' guests? 

Solve the rabbit riddle
Rabbits are well-known tricksters. Solve a rabbit riddle to claim your stamp. 

Explore what's on

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

09:30-16:00 (last admission is 15:00)

A group of visitor enjoy a wander around the Granville Garden in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on a warm Summers Day. The open iron gates of the garden are visible in the foregrouns and a blue clouded sky above is in start contract to the bright green of Europe's largest rhododendron, also visible behind the garden.
Things to see

Take a moment in this elegant rose garden created by Lady Granville, aunt to Her Majesty The Queen.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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)