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Walking with The Snowman™ at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, Royal Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6HR
Walking with The Snowman™  at Hillsborough Castle


Experience the magic of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™, as Walking With The Snowman™ comes to Hillsborough Castle this festive season. The beloved Snowman™ is brought to life in a trail around the stunning gardens – a perfect Christmas treat for families and fans of all ages.

Wrap up warm, bring your family and friends, and get ready for a heart-warming festive adventure. There are 12 giant Snowman™ sculptures to discover, each beautifully hand painted by a different artist and inspired by the timeless Christmas classic '12 Days of Christmas'.

Along your way, you may also discover a special garden play trail, a royal walled garden and meandering waterways, along with plenty of space to explore and play. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a snowy day, have a go at making your own snowman! Finish off all that the exploring with a warming hot chocolate and festive treat from the café.

On select days, you can also see the Snowman™ in special screenings of the iconic animated film. 

This is the first time the Snowman™ Wild in Art trail has come to the island of Ireland, so don’t miss out on this special adventure. Pre-book your tickets now at or become a member and visit time and again for free.

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Opening Times

Season (18 Nov 2023 - 7 Jan 2024)

* In line with gardens opening hours. Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00-16:00 (closed 24-26 December). Last entry to gardens 15:00

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