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 2019-05 January 2020 (excluding 24-26 December)

First tour: 10:00

Ticketing information

The following dates are now sold out:

  • Saturday 14 December
  • Sunday 15 December
  • Saturday 21 December
  • Sunday 22 December
  • Monday 23 December

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)

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Festive family weekends

Selected dates between 14 December - 05 January 2020

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

Experience 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 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 until 5 January 2020:

  • 14-15 December 2019 - Sold out
  • 21-22 December 2019 - Sold out
  • 23 December 2019 - Sold out
  • 27 December 2019 to 05 January 2020

Christmas castle tours

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 our 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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