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


Weekends from 01 - 23 October

11.30 or 15.00

Ticketing information

Tickets on sale soon. Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Under 5s go free.

Separate ticket

Introduce your family to the magic of Northern Ireland’s famous royal residence, in a fun and engaging tour specially designed 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 aged 5-11 and their families. Book your tickets today. Make a full day of it by visiting our Scarecrow Parade, exploring our Imaginary Menagerie play trail, and then rewarding yourself with a treat from our award-winning café.

Want a more in-depth Castle tour? Take a look at our special interest house tours taking place throughout October and November, including on royalty, our unrivalled art collection, our conservation work, and LGBTQ+ stories.

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.

Illustration of birds, animals, insects and carriage set in green fields
Things to see Families

Enjoy a day out discovering our new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Scarecrow Parade at Hillsborough Castle, showing a scarecrow on display in the garden.
Families Halloween

Visit the Scarecrow Parade at Hillsborough Castle's gardens and discover more family fun activities this autumn.

01 October - 13 November

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

The Main Lawn. Showing shrubs in the foreground and trees seen across the lawn.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Peter Rabbit my first library book collection 2001001, My first Peter Rabbit soft toy 8003005, My first Flopsy Bunny soft toy 8003006, Peter Rabbit board book 40110.

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 £4.99

Selection of plates and cutlery on a blanket

Shop picnicware

Enjoy fine dining outdoors with our magnificent picnic hampers. Discover our luxury hampers and exquisite picnic blankets.

From £19.99

Historic Royal Palaces retail product - drinking glasses, books and deer cushion

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 £9.99