Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

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Explore 100 acres of stunning gardens and the Georgian house at Northern Ireland's only royal residence. Afterwards, enjoy delicious food and drink in our award-winning café.

The Imaginary Menagerie

This summer, enjoy a day out discovering our brand new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

Things to see and do

The Main Lawn. Showing shrubs in the foreground and trees seen across the lawn.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Illustration of birds, animals, insects and carriage set in green fields
Things to see Families

This summer, enjoy a day out discovering our brand new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

What's on

Illustrated drawing of a beekeeper with bees
Families Events

Discover high quality local producers and food vendors for a day of entertaining talks,  demonstrations, family workshops and live music.

21 August - 22 August 2021

Hillsborough Castle

10.00 – 18.00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Two male visitors look at white flowers in a lush green garden under a blue sky in the summer
Tours and talks

Join us on a walking tour of Hillsborough Castle's gardens and discover the history behind their beautiful plants and majestic trees as they have grown and evolved over time.

Wednesdays from 30 June 2021

Hillsborough Castle

14.00-15.00

Separate ticket

Young male and female couple stroll up Yew Tree Walk towards the castle from Lady Alice's Temple; talking and smiling as they walk. The path is flanked with Yew Trees and the white, columned temple stands elevated in a central position behind them.
Tours and talks

Join our expert guides as they take you on a specialist guided walk through Hillsborough Castle's gardens this summer.

Selected dates in July - August 2021

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket

Members go free

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Hillsborough gifts

Discover our Hillsborough Castle and Gardens inspired gift collection.

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Support us

As a self-funding charity, we urgently need your help

The new blue and black Heritage Lottery Fund logo for 2019, displayed on a white background

Our supporters

The restoration and re-presentation of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund,
Mark Pigott KBE KSTJ, Garfield Weston Foundation, the Clore Duffield Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and other generous donors.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens, looking east across the pond towards Yew Tree Walk.

How you can help

With a £100 million shortfall in our finances this year, and as a charity, we have never needed your support more. If you love the palaces and believe in what we do, please consider supporting us or by visiting our online shop.

A group of visitors enjoying a viewing of the Red Room, one of Hillsborough Castle's State Rooms. Two young girls appear in the foreground along with a young couple. A small group of older ladies and gentlemen can be seen in the background having just entered the room. The walls are lined with a deep red silk damask and a variety of oil paintings in gold frames of various sizes fill the walls. A chandelier hangs above a small round wooden table in the centre of the room. The walls are lined with grey and gold detailing.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.