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The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
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Join us for a member-only guided tour through the Gardens at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

25 March, 25 April, 22 May and 13 June 2020

Hillsborough Castle

25 March and 22 May at 13.30, 25 April and 13 June at 11.00

Free (advance booking required)

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The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
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Learn more about the background to the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

3 April 2020

Hillsborough Castle

13.30

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Learn more about the often overlooked flowers of our native and ornamental trees at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

1 May 2020

Hillsborough Castle

13.30

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The Lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a large stretch of water surrounded by green and orange trees under a cloudy sky
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Learn more about some of the plants of the Southern Hemisphere which grow particularly well in Northern Ireland.

5 June 2020

Hillsborough Castle

13.30

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A display of red, blue and white tulips with other spring flowers in a garden
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Join former florist Barbara Smith and nursery grower Claire Ford to learn how to create a floral masterpiece in time for your Spring celebrations.

15 and 21 March 2020

Hampton Court Palace

11:00 and 14:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Historic Kitchen Staff at Hampton Court Palace prepare roast beef on the spit in early Summer 2016.
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Join Historic Kitchens Manager Richard Fitch in the Garden Room for an exclusive members' lecture on food at the court of King Henry VIII.

20 April 2020

Hampton Court Palace

12.00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Planting in the nurseries at Hampton Court Palace, showing The National Collection of Queen Mary II Exoticks

National plant collections

Hampton Court Palace is the holder of three important National Plant Collections – Heliotropium, Lantana and Queen Mary II’s Exoticks which is designated a Heritage Collection.

The Glasshouse Nursery. Showing Stuart Birnie, member of the Garden and Estates team, looking after a variety of summer bedding plants.

Our growing year

A team of 42 gardeners and specialists look after the 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland at Hampton Court Palace.

Garden highlights

Browse some of the highlights at Hampton Court Gardens.

Green and gold dragons on the Pagoda at Kew Palace

How we brought dragons back to Kew

80 new dragons now adorn the Great Pagoda at Kew once more, following a major conservation project by Historic Royal Palaces.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the White Garden at Kensington Palace

Modern Royals

Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and Prince Harry.

An exterior photo of the South facade of Hillsborough Castle on a sunny September day. Framed by greenery.

About the project

Historic Royal Palaces is embarking on an exciting project - we’re opening the doors of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for everyone to explore the stories of this extraordinary place, and take part in its inspiring new future.