Hillsborough Castle Appeal

Hillsborough Castle Appeal

Hillsborough Castle exterior

“Your donation will really make a difference; to open this once exclusive space and make Hillsborough Castle accessible to the community of Northern Ireland and visitors from around the world.

Thank you in advance for your interest and support.”

Michael Day CVO

Chief Executive, Historic Royal Palaces UK

Help us to transform Hillsborough Castle...

Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland. It is the official residence of HM The Queen in Northern Ireland and has been the residence of the Secretary of State since the 1970s. 

For the next five years (2015-2020), Historic Royal Palaces will be working tirelessly to transform the palace and its grounds from a closed, exclusive space into a welcoming home-from-home, both for the community of Northern Ireland and visitors from around the world. We hope to welcome over 200,000 visitors by 2019.

All donations will be allocated to the Hillsborough Castle Project; in particular the construction of one of the prominent bridges in the Glen Garden at Hillsborough Castle.

Match Giving Challenge; we are delighted that on this occasion, an incredibly generous American donor has pledged to match the first $50,000 in contributions.


Uniting two great Nations; together we can make a difference in Northern Ireland!

•    During the major transformation of Hillsborough Castle, we welcome our US friends and supporters to fund a specific item in Hillsborough that will remain as a lasting acknowledgment and emblem of the unity of two great countries.
•    Match gift challenge; your support will make double the impact!
•    Time is of the essence; don’t forget to help us in this exciting challenge!
•    Historic Royal Palaces Inc.; classified as a 501(c)(3) donations are deductible for US tax purposes to the extent permitted by law.


The Glen Garden, Hillsborough CastleHillsborough Castle new bridge plan

The construction of the new bridge will play a major part in the transformation of the Glen Garden. Situated to the South of the Castle; our ambition is to give it a greater sense of place; to make it the ‘heart’ of the garden.

A valley garden with generous plantings and points of interest, framed by light woodland; we will bring back to life this historically distinct area, offering huge potential to stir imagination and discovery in our visitors.  

Designed by Catherine Fitzgerald, acclaimed landscape designer; the bridge will be one of the new crossings to make a comprehensive route up and down the valley enabling everyone to access and enjoy the grounds at Hillsborough castle.

Play your part in Hillsborough Castle's future and donate today! 

How to make a donation

Pick up the phone or make a donation online via our secure PayPal page.

Apart from contributing to a fantastic project and feature within the heart of the grounds of Hillsborough Castle, all donations will be acknowledged and recognized appropriately and with our appreciation and gratitude.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!


For more information about the Hillsborough Castle Appeal please contact the Development Department on +44(0)20 3166 6321, e-mail HRPInc@hrp.org.uK   

Address: Historic Royal Palaces Inc, PO Box 117, New York, NY, 10034 USA

Charity Number: EIN 31-1780833

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