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Celebrate the festive season in royal style at Northern Ireland's royal residence.

Step back in time to 1850 where Hillsborough Castle is busy preparing for a special and fashionable family Christmas. There will be family celebrations, as well as the grand Twelfth Night ball and the Earl of Hillsborough's fifth birthday, all to prepare for.

Family groups arrive early to find the household staff preparing for the grand Christmas celebrations. On a tour of the house with the parlour maid/footman, discover the origin of some of our long-standing Christmas traditions, as well as the origins of the Christmas feast.

Children will explore the origins of panto 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, and 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, where each child receives a sugar mouse.

Please note: First tour begins at 10:30 and run throughout the day.

 

Tickets & Pricing
  • Admission £8.50 - £17.00
Sun, 04 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sat, 10 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sun, 11 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sat, 17 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sun, 18 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Wed, 21 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Thu, 22 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm
Fri, 23 Dec 2022 10:30am - 3:30pm

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

  • Hillsborough Castle & Gardens
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  • BT26 6HR

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