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Christmas Tours of Hillsborough Castle

The Square, Royal Hillsborough, Co Down, BT26 6AG
An image of a Christmas tree by the entrance to the Throne Room. The tree has lights and a gold crown with jewels.


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

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  • Shop
  • Talks

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

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Opening Times

Season (4 Dec 2022 - 23 Dec 2022)

* Tour dates 4th, 10th-11th, 17th-18th & 21st-23rd December 2022.
First tour begins at 10.30 and run throughout the day.
Please note, price includes the gift of a sugar mouse for each child.
Tours are free for Historic Royal Palaces Members and can be booked in advance.

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