Summer House

Spark their imaginations with fun garden trails and activities

Spark their imaginations with fun garden trails and activities

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

The Summer House is open daily in all seasons, during normal opening times.

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Our Summer House is the perfect start to your adventure at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Created especially to keep little ones entertained during your visit, this fun corner of the grounds will catch the attention of any little wildlife expert or future gardener.

You can find the Summer House between Moss Walk and the east wall of the Walled Garden, just a short walk from the Weston Pavilion.

Explore the gardens with fun activities

Pick up a special activity sheet to record what you see and smell during your day, or learn more about the animals, birds and other creatures that live in our gardens with our pull-out displays.

Can you spot the swans, kingfishers and other wildlife on the beautiful lake, and listen for the ravens in the Pinetum?

Maybe you can see bees and butterflies in the Walled Garden, or even otters in the pond near Lady Alice's Temple?

Find out which cute creature steals fruit to line its bed and learn what buried treasure our gardeners have found in the grounds.

Children explore the Summer House at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Find out what's growing in the gardens

There are 100 acres of grounds at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, which keeps our gardeners busy! From our kitchen produce in the Walled Garden and our wild meadow on the South Lawn to our huge lake and pinetum, there is always something to do, cultivate or grow.

The gardens also have a long history going back to the 18th century, and many gardeners have tended to the ground here.

In the Summer House you can find out what's growing in the garden at the moment and learn more about the characters who have worked here over the years.

A mother and two children the Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Families

Discover our Wonder Weekends together this Halloween! Enjoy some spooky storytelling and get hands-on with fascinating objects and craft activities.

30 November

Hillsborough Castle

Drop in throughout the day

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

View of Hillsborough Castle gardens lit with colourful lights at night
Families Tours and talks

Take the family on a magical 'sound and light' walk through the gardens this Halloween and discover a spooky side to Hillsborough Castle.

Hillsborough Castle

Walks last 25 minutes

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Lifestyle imagery of picnic ware

Shop Picnicware

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

From £19.99

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.

£19.99

Luxury peacock hanging decoration with exquisite embroidered design

Luxury peacock hanging decoration

Bring a sparkling touch to your Christmas tree with our glittering luxury hanging decoration in the shape of a peacock.

£12.99