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Historic characters from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens have been on the road soaking up the local sights of Newry this week ahead of the Castle’s official reopening on 18 April 2019.

America’s founding father Benjamin Franklin, who stayed at the Castle during the 1770s and late 19th Century resident and musician Lady Annie Hill travelled across Northern Ireland to explore the town of Newry.

A transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens will fully open its doors daily to visitors for the first time this Easter, with exciting events and activities for all the family. Benjamin Franklin and Lady Annie Hill will be greeting visitors at the Castle throughout Easter, along with many other captivating characters from the Castle’s past.

America’s founding father Benjamin Franklin, who stayed at the Castle during the 1770s and late 19th Century resident and musician Lady Annie Hill travelled across Northern Ireland to explore the town of Newry.
America’s founding father Benjamin Franklin, who stayed at Hillsborough Castle during the 1770s and late 19th Century resident and musician Lady Annie Hill taking time out to explore the town of Newry.

Alan Greer, Visitor Experience Team Leader at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens said, “This road trip has been a great opportunity to bring the fascinating stories of Hillsborough Castle to life in Newry. With so many fantastic activities and workshops for visitors to immerse themselves in, now is the perfect time to uncover all that Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has to offer.”

From 18 – 28 April 2019, the Castle’s Easter offering ‘Be Our Guest’ will give families a chance to explore over 100 acres of majestic gardens and meet fascinating historical characters in a series of theatrical encounters. There will be even more family fun Easter activities from 22-25 April -   kids can have a go at making their very own kites in drop-in workshops inspired by Benjamin Franklin, while music lovers can join choirmaster John D’Arcy and 19th Century resident Lady Annie Hill in a sing-along. For those wishing to delve deeper into the Castle’s history, visitors can discover the stunningly re-presented State Rooms on guided tours led by Hillsborough Castle’s team of expert explainers.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has been completely transformed by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces after five years and a £24 million investment – supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous donors. From 18 April, greeting visitors upon arrival will be a new visitor centre complete with 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 hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle

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