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Summer Archaeology Dig 2016 at Hillsborough Castle

Summer Archaeology Dig 2016 at  Hillsborough Castle

Summer Archaeology Dig 2016 at Hillsborough Castle Digging


This summer we need your help to discover what’s underneath the gardens and add to Hillsborough Castle’s collections, stories and history. With expert archaeologists on hand to lead the dig, we need you to be part of the team and unearth the hidden secrets. Old maps suggest people were using the glen here long before the gardens were made but we need to find real evidence so help us find out what’s under your feet.

Family weekend

29-31 July, 11.00-16.00 (free with gardens ticket, purchase on the day – individual £3.50, family ticket £10)

Explore the fascinating world of archaeology with a pop-up museum, play archaeology sandpit and storytellers as we investigate Hillsborough Castle’s medieval history. Suitable for all ages.


Have a go – family volunteering

29-31 July, 10.30-12.00/ 13.00-14.30/ 15.00-16.30

Help us explore a new area of our history and discover what it’s like to be a real archaeologist. Book a hands-on archaeological dig session for the whole family and get admission to the gardens and family activities for free. Suitable for ages 6+ years.

Summer-Archaeology-Dig-2016-at-Hillsborough-Castle-family-diggingHave a go – adult volunteering

2-6 August, 09.30-12.30/13.30-16.30

Book onto one of our live archaeology volunteering sessions and you’ll learn how to excavate historical sites and record found objects, as well as develop your archaeological skills with onsite experts. Suitable for ages 18+ years.

For more information and to book, please visit

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