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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Invites You to Be Their Guest This Easter

A transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, County Down, will open its doors daily to visitors for the first time this Easter, with a host of exciting events and activities.

From April 18 – 28, ‘Be Our Guest’ offers families a chance to explore over 100 acres of majestic gardens, only 1 hour 45 minutes away from Dublin. In a series of theatrical encounters, meet fascinating characters from the Castle’s past. These include America’s founding father Benjamin Franklin, who visited Hillsborough Castle during the 1770s.

Join the 3rd Marquess of Downshire as he regales audiences with folk tales in the enchanting gardens, while Lady Alice shares stories of her magical wedding. Eagle-eyed visitors should be on the look out for top secret security officers from MI5 and the CIA. They will reveal what happened behind the scenes at the 2003 Presidential visit to Hillsborough Castle.

Those wishing to delve deeper into the Castle’s history can explore the beautifully re-presented State Rooms on guided tours led by a team of expert explainers. New decorative schemes and artworks, reflect the numerous tales that this elegant estate has to tell.

There will be more family fun Easter activities across April 22 – 25 for all to enjoy. Kids can have a go at making their very own kites with drop-in kite making workshops inspired by Benjamin Franklin. Meanwhile music lovers can join choirmaster John D’Arcy in a sing-along taking inspiration from famous composer and 19th Century resident Lady Annie Hill.

On Saturday April 27, Hillsborough Castle will also host a special visit from the Tower of London’s Ravenmaster and ‘Beefeater’ Chris Skaife. Visitors can discover the myths and legends tied to the Tower’s extraordinary birds under Chris’ care.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has been transformed by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces after five years and a £24 million investment – supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other generous donors. Greeting visitors upon arrival will be a new visitor centre complete with a café and shop. Meanwhile new access and learning facilities will host schools and community programmes reaching out to the widest possible audience.

For more information on Easter at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, visit here.

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