Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Castle tours take place Wednesday to Sunday in February and March. The gardens are open daily. Before you travel, please check for planned closures.

Hillsborough Castle on a bright morning at sunrise. The gardens show in the background as the sun rises over the trees on a bright, partially cloudy blue sky

Enjoy a majestic day out

Re-opening in spring 2019

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence with a visit to the transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

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.
Tours and talks Things to see

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

Wednesday to Sunday

Hillsborough Castle

One tour per hour, starting on the hour (first tour: 10:00, final tour: 15:00)

Included in castle tours (members go free)

The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

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

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-16:00 (last admission is 15:00)

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Flower arrangement of Spring flowers

Create a beautiful arrangement as a gift or to treat yourself with Hillsborough Castle and Garden's resident florist Lorna Brownlee.

30 March 2019

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 and Gardens in Northern Ireland for everyone to explore the stories of this extraordinary place, and take part in its inspiring new future.

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We are a charity and there are several ways you can support us.

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Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.

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