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Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

1. Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Wander through 100 acres of beautiful gardens which have been developed from the 1780. Discover the contrast of ornamental grounds and peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and trimmed lawns. Explore the Lime Tree Walk, Granville Garden, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and an Ice House. Imagine the gardens in different times as you walk through the Walled Garden, dating back to the 18th Century. This is a large, four-acre site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. As part of the Hillsborough Castle Project in 2018, the gardens have been restored to create a beautiful working and productive garden. See the renovations  complete with dipping pond, crop rotations, seasonal produce, potting sheds, herbaceous borders and an apple orchard. From 12 December – 3 January 2021. Enjoy a wintery stroll in the open air and take in the acres of breath-taking gardens, before cozying up with a nice cup of something warm and a slice of cake from the café. Watch out for magical elves and fairies hiding in the enchanted gardens and discover the folklore surrounding Christmas.

Clitheroe: Children's Off-Road Motorcycle Trials Tour

2. Clitheroe: Children's Off-Road Motorcycle Trials Tour

Head out onto 100 acres of beautiful Ribble Valley countryside and learn the finer art of trial riding, with a Children’s Trial Bike Experience for one. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get started! Your experience is specially geared towards younger riders, and with expert tuition from fully qualified instructors who’ve competed at national level, you’re in the right hands to get the most out of your two-hour off-road adventure. Get to grips with your electric trial bike with some introductory training, before taking on different sections and challenges, riding through and over varying terrain. Finish the day with refreshments and head home buzzing with the excitement of your new skills! Training will start on the flattish ground and start from scratch. Your instructor will teach the basics of bike control and get you comfortable on the bike before gradually progressing onto ‘sections. Sections are essentially obstacles that your instructor will mark out using colored flags.  

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What people are saying about Northern Ireland

Loved the gardens and the tour. There was an administrative mistake made when I booked and the staff were very helpful helping me to get it sorted. A girl called Kerry was especially helpful. The driver of the mini bus and the assistant in the small hut were very welcoming and friendly. The staff seemed so interested in us having the best experience.

The castle guide was very knowledgeable answered every question didn’t rush the tour. The gardens were a delight Cafe had a good selection of food Staff throughout were very helpful Everything was spotless clean Well worth a visit

The gardens were spectacular and we really enjoyed our visit. I would have liked to have done the castle tour but we arrived a bit late for this and the gardens.

Such a relaxing afternoon. We started with lunch from the cafe, sat outside in the sunshine & then following the guide map made our way through the gardens.

I would hav come just for the artwork alone. Beautiful areas for walking in. Coming back in the autumn.