Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

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

Visitors seated on the grass, having a picnic on the lawn in front of South Terrace.

Summer Music in the Gardens

28 August

Listen to Dynamic Brass play from our picturesque gardens, set against the royal backdrop of Hillsborough Castle.

Things to see and do

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

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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)

What's on

Two visitors walking around the Lake along a path in the sunshine.
Tours and talks Events

Join us on guided walks and tours at Hillsborough Castle's gardens and discover the history behind their beautiful plants and flowers.

Various dates year-round

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket

Scarecrow Parade at Hillsborough Castle, showing a scarecrow on display in the garden.
Families Halloween

Visit the Scarecrow Parade this autumn in the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

01 October - 13 November

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Christmas at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens poster, showing a family at night looking at the lights display.
Families Events

A brand new after-dark illuminated Christmas trail through festive gardens at Hillsborough Castle.

01 December 2022 to 01 January 2023. Excluding 05, 06 and 25 December

Hillsborough Castle

16:30-20.00. Site closure at 22.00.

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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.

Hillsborough Castle family tour

Weekends, 01 - 23 October

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

Adult and child looking and pointing at plants against a decorative panel in the Walled Garden.

Members go free

There's never been a better time to join

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.

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Lifestyle shot of Royal Palace china in a garden at Hampton Court (tea party)

Browse our online shop

Discover unique souvenirs inspired by our palaces and the royalty who inhabited them.

Browse our online shop
White spring blossom growing up a brick wall

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Read More History and Stories

The South Terrace, looking north towards the stone stairs and fountain. Summer planting including allium flowers is seen on either side of the portico.

The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’.

Support us

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

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.

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.