LGBTQ+ tour of Hillsborough Castle

Taking pride in the past

Taking pride in the past


  • 31 August, 28 September and 26 October

Ticketing information

Tours are included in your combined castle and gardens ticket.

Please select the 16:30 slot for the date you require during the booking process.

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 but must be booked in advance. Please call +44 (0)33 3320 6000 to book your place.

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)

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.

Until 1 September 2019

Hillsborough Castle

11:15 and 15:15

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