Hillsborough Castle Christmas tour


  • 14 December 2019 - 5 January 2020 (excluding 24-26 December)
First tour: 10:00

Ticketing information

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

Enjoy the twelve days of Christmas on a festive tour of Hillsborough Castle with an expert Explainer.

As you explore the gorgeous State Rooms, look out for twelve special installations decorated according to the traditional song, Twelve Days of Christmas, which was first published in 1780.

You will also get to meet Father Christmas, and your ticket includes access to 100 acres of beautiful gardens to complete a festive day out for the whole family.

Members go free

Tours are free for Historic Royal Palaces Members and can be booked in advance. Please log on to the Membership Portal to book your place.

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.
Tours and talks Things to see

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)

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)

A pathway leading down to a gateway, surrounded by trees and leading to a fort in the background
Things to see

Uncover the origins of the Hill family in their first home in Hillsborough.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle


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