Step back to 1850 where Hillsborough Castle is busy preparing for a special and fashionable family Christmas including the grand Twelfth Night ball and the Earl of Hillsborough's fifth birthday.
Arrive to discover the household staff preparing the celebrations. On a tour of the Castle with the parlour maid or footman, discover the origin of some of our long-standing Christmas traditions, as well as the those of the Christmas feast.
Children will explore the origins of pantomime by recreating a short extract from the story of Tom Thumb, which was performed, at Hillsborough Castle, for the Earl's fifth birthday in 1850; then learn about parlour games in the Drawing Room and find out what presents the Hill family have under their tree. The tour ends with a short meeting with Father Christmas, who gives each child a sugar mouse.
04, 10-11, 17-18, 21-23 December
First tour 10.30, last tour 14:30.
Booking via Historic Royal Palaces website, here
Family 1 Adult + up to 3 Children
Family 2 Adult + up to 3 Children
- Activities accessible for visitors with disabilities
- Guide dogs permitted
- Ramp / Level Access
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- Booking Required
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- On site parking
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- All major credit/debit cards accepted