Hillsborough Castle closes on Mondays and Tuesdays in November. The gardens are open daily. Please check for planned closures.

Hillsborough Castle

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Yeoman Warders and Father Christmas in front of a Christmas tree and snowy Hillsborough Castle

Christmas at the Castle

Join us for live music, festive food, family workshops, choral concerts and Christmas ghost stories this November and December at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
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

10:00-15:00, two tours per hour starting on the hour and 30 minutes past

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)

Food historian Marc Meltonville tells visitors about the invention of Christmas.
Tours and talks

Discover the origins of Christmas while sampling Victorian food, drink and music on this special festive tour of the house.

07 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

First tour 18:45, Second tour 19:45

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

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.

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