Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Please help us maintain Northern Ireland's royal residence by visiting our beautiful gardens

Please help us maintain Northern Ireland's royal residence by visiting our beautiful gardens

Updated 28 September: our gardens remain open while the castle is closed for the winter. Find out how we're keeping you safe on your visit.

Explore 100 acres of stunning gardens at Northern Ireland's only royal residence. Afterwards, relax with delicious takeaway food and drink from our award-winning café. 

Our stunning gardens are still open

Book your tickets and arrival time online (members go free).

Gardener walking through the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Autumn 2020

Explore 100 acres of colour

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

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Things to see and do

Children in fancy dress on the South Terrace of Hillsborough Castle for Halloween 2019
Families Things to see

Grab your best fancy dress for a spine-tingling trail around the gardens of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this Halloween!

Thursday-Sunday

Hillsborough Castle

The trails take 30 minutes to an hour

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Pinetum - Halloween at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, 2020
Things to see

Explore the spooktacular hidden Pinetum for a scary tree climb this Halloween.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A selection of seasonal produce including pumpkins, apples and vegetables on display in a wheelbarrow with orange flowers in the background.
Things to see

Discover seasonal produce on display in our gardens

From 9 October to 15 November

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Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A family walk through the Lost Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in autumn 2019. A father is swinging his daughter up in the air as a mother and son watch.

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

Close up of lavender plant with a visiting bee in Hillsborough Castle and Gardens summer 2020.

Grow like a pro - top tips for looking after your garden

Our expert Gardens Manager, Claire Woods, shares top tips for looking after your garden.

Lady Alice's Temple stands on the right hand side of a general view of Hillsborough Castle gardens.

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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.

Make a donation

As a self-funding charity, we urgently need your support. We're facing a £95m shortfall in our finances this year as a result of the Coronavirus. We would gratefully appreciate any donation, whatever you can afford. Thank you.

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.