Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

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

NI Science Festival 2022 illustration, showing colourful drawings of two silhouettes facing each other in the centre. Illustration of the brain and lungs, cells and the skeleton of a foot in the background.

NI Science Festival

19 February - 26 February 2022

From learning about the fascinating world of honeybees to a behind the scenes conservation tour, celebrate NI Science Festival with a wide range of talks, tours and workshops at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

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Things to see and do

Illustration of birds, animals, insects and carriage set in green fields
Things to see Families

This winter, enjoy a day out discovering our brand 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)

Gardener picking apples from a tree in the Walled Garden.
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

What's on

Photograph of Fintan O'Toole
Tours and talks

Join preeminent Irish columnist, author, literary editor, and drama critic Fintan O'Toole for a special Centenary lecture, drawing on his nuanced perspective on Irish and British history.

Postponed

Hillsborough Castle

19.45

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

NI Science Festival 2022 illustration, showing colourful drawings of two silhouettes facing each other in the centre. Illustration of the brain and lungs, cells and the skeleton of a foot in the background.
Tours and talks Families

From learning about the fascinating world of honeybees to a behind the scenes conservation tour, celebrate NI Science Festival with a wide range of talks, tours and workshops at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

19 February - 26 February 2022

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Two visitors walking through Walled Garden, looking at the flowers.
Tours and talks

Explore Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for free with your local community or adult learning group.

Once a month

Hillsborough Castle

10.00 – 14.00

Free (advance booking required)

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

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.

Selection of Anne Boleyn inspired gifts

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

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Support us

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

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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.

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.

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.