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Hillsborough Castle Honey Fair

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, The Square, Royal Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6AG
Child with a bee headband sitting on her father's shoulders in front of Hillsborough Castle


The Hillsborough Castle Honey Fair is back by popular demand and is bigger than ever.  Set against the historic and picturesque backdrop of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, sample delicious local food and drink whilst relaxing to live music in the 100 acre gardens. 

Food Demonstrations -  there will be live activities to keep you entertained all day. Rita Fitzgerald is back hosting unmissable food demonstrations by big names such as chef and food writer Paula McIntyre.

Bee Activities - Visit our ‘Bee Inspired’ area to hear about their conservation, the vital role honeybees play in the environment. Learn how to make your garden bee-friendly, speak to beekeepers and taste local honey products.

Family Fun -   Families will also have plenty to enjoy. Join the 'Baby-ee Bop' - an adorable bee-themed rave for young children. Adults will also get to join in the fun by watching sassy Bee-yonce and Honey-Bee perform stunning dance moves.

Family Tour  - Learn about some of the intriguing residents who have called Hillsborough Castle home.  The Family Fun tours are aimed at families with children aged 5-11 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Book Family Tour tickets here. 

Pre-booking online is recommended. You can also purchase tickets on the day at our ticket office.

Please note pets are not permitted within the castle, gardens, or café unless they are registered assistance pets.

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  • Activities accessible for visitors with disabilities
  • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Wheelchair hire

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available


  • Restaurant on Premises

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Family Fun
  • Groups accepted
  • Live music
  • Outdoor Event
  • Shop
  • Talks
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Guide Prices

Honey Fair and Gardens Only
Adult - £15, Child - £7.50, Concession - £12

Honey Fair Combined Castle and Gardens
Adult - £22.50, Child - £11.50, Concession - £18

Under 5's & Members Free

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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Royal HillsboroughExplore Northern Ireland's royal residence, where worlds and minds meet. Relax in 100 acres of picturesque gardens, explore the State Rooms still used today and indulge in delicious food and drink in our café.

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