Morning

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland. It’s the official residence of the royal family when they’re in Northern Ireland and has also been home to the Secretary of State since the 1970s. The Castle is set in 100 acres of breath-taking gardens.

Hillsborough Forest and Village

Hillsborough Forest offers visitors 150 acres of mixed woodland in which they can walk and relax with nature. Within Hillsborough Forest, the 17th century Hillsborough Fort can be seen, built on the sight of an old stronghold, founded by Peter Hill in 1630. The square fort features a parapet wall and was granted Royal Fort status by Charles II. A short walk away is the picturesque village of Hillsborough with a range of bars and restaurants serving authentic local cuisine.

Afternoon

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

Explore the rich history of Irish linen through friendly guides, interactive displays, and live spinning and weaving demonstrations. The linen industry played an important role in the industrial heritage of Ulster and here, guests can experience traditional methods of harvesting and spinning flax, learn how flax was grown and prepared, and watch expert spinners turn coarse flax into fine yarn. With daily craft demonstrations and the opportunity to have a go on the spinning wheel, guests will be given the opportunity to understand this important industry through a range of activities.

Coca Cola Visitor Experience

Discover the production, history and marketing of some of the world’s best loved soft drinks at the award-winning facility in Lisburn. With an interactive zone and bird-eye views to the production floor, this award-winning visitor experience invites you to explore, learn and have fun discovering the past, present and future of the world’s number one soft drink.

Evening

Hilden Brewery

Hilden Brewery is a family run microbrewery. The brewhouse was once the stables of Hilden House, the former residence of the Barbour family. The brewery is situated behind the old Barbour Threads Linen Mill, one of the last surviving working linen mills in Northern Ireland. Guests can learn about the ancient craft of brewing from the master brewer and sample the subtleties of flavour and character of Hilden’s finest beers. The Tap Room, a licensed restaurant onsite, serves a range of traditional and local cuisine to accompany the fine beverages.

 

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