One of our first projects will be to create the access, welcome and visitor facilities that will ensure a great day out at the Castle and Gardens.
The Lower Courtyard
This project will see the Lower Courtyard being redeveloped into a multi-functioning space with café, toilets, visitor information, ticketing and meeting spaces for visitors, schools and groups arriving by car.
A number of exciting discoveries have already been made in this area, including early eighteenth century Pineapple Houses and Hot Houses, thought to be one of the earliest sets of large greenhouses constructed at a private residence in Ireland. This new use will conserve these historic structures and bring to life the stories they have to tell.
The Stable Yard
The Stable Yard, built in the 1780s, and located at the upper end of the estate will be developed into visitor facilities adjacent to the Castle and will create a secondary entrance from Hillsborough town. The Stable Yard buildings will be restored and we will adapt the ground floor to create a café, shop and facilities for local communities. The Clore Learning Centre will be on the first floor.