Hillsborough Castle

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Yeoman Warders and Father Christmas in front of a Christmas tree and snowy Hillsborough Castle

Christmas at the Castle

Join us for live music, festive food, family workshops, choral concerts and Christmas ghost stories this November and December at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Tours and talks Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

First tour: 10:00, final tour: 15:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Father Christmas looks at a mince pie in his hand in front of a large Christmas tree and dressed in green robes. He is wearing a wreath.
Families Tours and talks

Join Lord and Lady Arthur Hill as they prepare for a festive bazaar and plan their musical entertainment in 1895.

28 November to 23 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle


Included in palace admission (members go free)

Moss Walk at Hillsborough Castle in the snow

Join acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney for a special candle-lit reading of spooky stories in the atmospheric Throne Room.

28 December 2018 (sold out)

Hillsborough Castle


Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

An exterior photo of the South facade of Hillsborough Castle on a sunny September day. Framed by greenery.

The Hillsborough Castle project

Opening doors, exploring stories, inspiring the future – for everyone.

We're opening the doors of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland for everyone to explore the stories of this extraordinary place, and take part in its inspiring new future.

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.

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