Christmas tours of Hillsborough Castle

Meet Father Christmas and discover the magic of Hillsborough Castle at Christmas

Meet Father Christmas and discover the magic of Hillsborough Castle at Christmas

When

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

Ticketing information

Christmas tours are included in your combined castle and gardens ticket.

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.

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

Discover the story behind the Twelve Days of Christmas and meet Father Christmas himself on an enhanced festive tour of Hillsborough Castle's State Rooms.

Festive family weekends

Meet characters from history and get a Christmas treat from Father Christmas

Discover the castle adorned with festive cheer as the State Rooms come to life with live music, historic characters and an extra-special visit from Father Christmas. Children will also receive a sugar mouse as a Christmas treat.

As you explore the gorgeous State Rooms, look out for 12 special installations decorated according to the traditional song, Twelve Days of Christmas, which was first published in 1780.

This enhanced Christmas tour is available on weekends and selected dates during the Christmas holidays:

  • 14-15 December 2019
  • 21-23 December 2019
  • 27 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

Christmas castle tour

16-20 December 2019
Meet Father Christmas and explore the State Rooms dressed in Christmas cheer

Explore Hillsborough Castle's State Rooms with an expert Explainer as you learn more about the story behind the traditional song, Twelve Days of Christmas, via 12 special installations.

Your festive day out comes complete with a visit from Father Christmas, as well as access to 100 acres of historic gardens.

Visitors and live interpreters during the Hillsborough Castle Christmas celebrations in 2017

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

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

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

Free

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