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Spring at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing footage of interiors and exteriors of the site.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence, where worlds and minds meet. Relax in 100 acres of picturesque gardens, explore the State Rooms still used today and indulge in delicious food and drink in our café.

Visit

Opening times

Gardens

26 May - 02 June 2024
Daily: 10:00 - 18:00. Last entry one hour before closing.

The Castle and Gardens are closed on Tuesday 28 May 2024. 

Castle

26 May - 02 June 2024
Daily: From 11:00. Last timeslot: 15:00.

Tickets and prices

Visit Hillsborough Castle and over 100 acres of ornamental lawns, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens throughout the seasons.

Dogs are not permitted within the gardens and café unless they are trained assistance dogs.

Castle and Gardens ticket prices from (excluding donation): 

  • Members: Free
  • Adult: £20.20
  • Child: £10.10

Getting here

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens,

Car park postcode: BT26 6TY. Please note, this postcode is not yet live on all search engines. Alternatively follow the brown tourist signs on the A1.

For free on-site parking, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance. Entrance is via the Weston Pavilion. If you are visiting the castle, you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your booked time slot to allow time to make your way to the castle State Entrance.

There is a pedestrian entrance to the gardens from Hillsborough village.

Highlights

Life Through A Royal Lens

Until 27 October 2024

A must-see exhibition documenting the British Royal Family's ever-evolving relationship with the camera over the last 200 years.

What's on

  • Events
  • Families

Peter Rabbit Adventure

Discover 100 acres of fun with Peter and friends this summer. Treat your family with free tickets for kids.

  • 29 June - 01 September 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks

Hillsborough Castle Special Interest Tours

Led by an expert guide, delve deeper into Hillsborough Castle's unique history.

  • July - November
  • 60 minutes
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket
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  • Events
  • Families

Hillsborough Castle Summer Fair

Celebrate the bank holiday weekend at this three-day event with fun, music, and artisanal delights.

  • 24 - 26 August 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Event and admission combined ticket (members go free)
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Things to see and do

  • Things to see
  • Families

The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

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

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

The Gardens

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

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Last entry one hour before closing.
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Join as a member

Enjoy a range of member benefits including unlimited adventures at our magnificent palaces, access to an exciting events programme and discounts in our shops and restaurants. 

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Discover beautiful commemorative souvenirs and unique gifts inspired by our palaces.

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Support Us

As a self-funding charity, there are several ways you can support us.

Make a donation

We are an independent charity and a donation helps us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy.

Become a patron

Step closer to history and join us for unique and amazing events as a patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

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.