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Family Fun Castle Tours

Bring Northern Ireland’s royal residence to life for all the family

Bring Northern Ireland’s royal residence to life for all the family

Introduce your family to the magic of Northern Ireland’s famous royal residence in a fun and engaging tour designed especially for children.

Many interesting and unusual guests have visited Hillsborough Castle over the years. But who were they and why were they here? Come along and help us discover the stories behind some of these intriguing guests.

This small group tour will bring Hillsborough Castle to life for children ages 5-11 and their families. Family tours will run over February half term, St Patrick's Weekend and Easter.

Make a full day of it by exploring our Imaginary Menagerie play trails and then rewarding yourself with a treat in the Hillsborough Castle Café.

Want a more in-depth Castle tour? We explore the story of the Castle in depth in our History tour. Or delve into our special interest tours including unrivalled art collection, our conservation work and politics in the Castle.

Members Go Free

Join as a Historic Royal Palaces member today and visit Hillsborough Castle and Gardens time and again for free. Enjoy our season of unmissable events or simply return to see the seasons change.


16 and 17 March, 23 March – 07 April

12.30 or 13.30

Ticketing information

Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Under 5s go free.

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  • Tours and talks
  • Families
  • Events
  • Half term

NI Science Festival

Immerse yourself in an interstellar world of scientific exploration at this year's NI Science Festival as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

  • 15-24 February 2024
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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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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  • Events
  • Easter
  • Families

Easter Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt

Join the first Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt in Hillsborough Castle's stunning gardens, and enjoy some springtime family magic.

  • Saturday 23 March - Sunday 07 April 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

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Shop Children's Toys

Discover our range of traditional toys and games inspired by Historic Royal Palaces. Bring history to life with our fun selection of toys and games inspired by our British heritage.

From £4.00

Shop homewares

In our home section you will find stylish lifestyle home accessories and furnishings, including cushions, tapestries, ornaments and much more which will add those finishing touches to make your room complete.

From £5.00

Shop Stationery

Our stationery collection ranges from greetings cards, notebooks and pens to calligraphy sets and unique home and desk accessories.

From £2.50