Hillsborough Castle family tour


  • Daily
11:15 and 15:15

Ticketing information

This is a guided tour of the house and requires a castle tour ticket.

Select the 11:15 or 15:15 time slot during the booking process. 

Castle tours are free for Historic Royal Palaces Members but must be booked in advance. Please call +44 (0)33 3320 6000 to book your place.

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

There have been many guests at Hillsborough Castle over the years. But who were they and why were they here? Come along and uncover the stories behind some of the guests, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

The tour is aimed at families with children aged 5 – 11.

Your family tour includes guided access to all the State Rooms that make up this elegant Georgian home; including the grand Throne Room, relaxing State Drawing Room, Lady Grey's Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall.

You can also explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, which are also included in your ticket, to complete a relaxing day out for the whole family. 


Family tours run on weekends and daily throughout the school holidays (29 June - 1 September 2019).

Tours start at 11:15 and 15:15 and are bookable until Wednesday 14 August 2019. Further dates will be added soon.

Occasionally, external events prevent family tours from running on one or both time slots. Family tours will not run 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

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens running festival

Join us for family races, a 5k, 10k, and half marathon in the castle grounds and the historic village of Hillsborough.

18 August 2019

Hillsborough Castle


Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

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)