LGBTQ+ tour of Hillsborough Castle

Taking pride in the past

Taking pride in the past

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement

When

26 September 2020 and then last Saturday of every month at 11.45am


Ticketing information

Tours are included in your combined castle and gardens ticket.

Please select the 11.45 slot for the date you require during the booking process.

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)

From royal relationships and public scandals to political activism and evolving attitudes, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens' connection to LGBTQ+ lives has existed for centuries. 

Join us on this specialist tour as we uncover the hidden histories of Hillsborough Castle from a different perspective. Explore changing attitudes to sexuality and gender identity from over 300 years of history, using stories from the castle's past and the rich collection of objects and paintings on display.

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 young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Families Tours and talks

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

Postponed

Hillsborough Castle

11:30 or 14:30

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)

A lady stands in a Georgian room, looking around her at the gold-framed paintings adorning the Red Room. The walls are covered in deep red silk damask and a marble fireplace is visible. An older couple can be seen in the background, also looking at the paintings.
Things to see

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

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