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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.

Opening times


01 November 2023 - 29 February 2024 (closed 24-26 December, open on 01 January 2024)
Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 - 16:00 (last entry to gardens 15:00)


Closed 30 October 2023 - 09 March 2024
The Castle is currently closed for individual visits but welcomes group visits all year round.

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.

Gardens only ticket prices from (excluding donation): 

  • Members: Free
  • Adult: £10.00
  • Child: £5.00

Getting here

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens,

Car park postcode: BT26 6HR. Please copy this postcode into your Sat Nav to direct you to the Car Park and Admissions.

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.

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Walking with the Snowman

18 November 2023 - 07 January 2024

Explore a magical festive trail as Raymond Briggs' classic comes to Hillsborough Castle.

What's on

  • Families
  • Christmas
  • Events
  • Things to see

Brunch with Santa

Indulge in a magical brunch with Santa at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens!

  • 02, 09, 16, and 23 December
  • 10:00-13:00
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Free
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  • Families
  • Christmas

Christmas Family Activities

Celebrate Christmas with a range of festive family-friendly activities and workshops.

  • 11 November - 16 December 2023
  • 10:30 - 15:30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Events
  • Christmas

Christmas wreath making workshop

Create a seasonal Christmas wreath using foliage from the castle grounds.

  • 08, 09 and 13 December 2023
  • 10:00 and 13:30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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Things to see and do

  • Things to see
  • Families

The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our new 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

The Gardens

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

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10:00-16:00 (last entry 15:00)
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
Learn more
  • Things to see

Walled Garden

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Visitors walking under an arch in the Walled Garden.

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. 

Photographs of afternoon tea offer at HCG , photographed in the Stable Yard Café: Close up view of cakes.

Taste of the gardens afternoon tea

Gardens entry included

Enjoy a garden-inspired afternoon tea in the Stableyard Cafe and experience the wonderful gardens.

Discounted for members.

Collection of opulently packaged food and drink commemorating HM King Charles III's Coronation


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

The Walled Gardens looking towards the Pavilion, showing the circular pond. 

The Walled Gardens dates back to the 18th century and covers an area of 4 acres. Historically, it would have produced fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the running of the house.

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Support Us

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

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

Make a donation

We are a self -funding charity, and 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.

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

Become a patron

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

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.