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Highlights of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

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.

Visit

Opening times

Gardens

26 May - 29 September 2024
Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00. Last entry one hour before closing.

Castle

26 May - 29 September 2024
Daily: From 11:00. Last timeslot: 15:00.

On 27 July, some sections of the Peter Rabbit trail will be relocated between 09:00-12:30.

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.

Castle and Gardens ticket prices from (excluding donation): 

  • Members: Free
  • Adult: £20.20
  • Child: £10.10

Getting here

By Car:

Search for 'Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Shop' Postcode BT26 6TY. Our car park can be found off the A1 dual carriageway by following the brown tourist signs.

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.

By bus or on foot:

There is a pedestrian entrance to the gardens from Hillsborough village.

Highlights

Peter Rabbit™ Adventure

Until 01 September 2024

Discover 100 acres of fun with Peter and friends this summer. Treat your family with free tickets for kids.

What's on

  • Families

Summer Music In The Gardens

Spend a summer afternoon relaxing in the gardens and listening to music.

  • Until 17 August
  • 14:00 - 16:00
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks

Hillsborough Castle Special Interest Tours

Led by an expert guide, delve deeper into Hillsborough Castle's unique history.

  • July - November
  • 60 minutes
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket
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  • Events
  • Families

Hillsborough Castle Summer Fair

Celebrate the bank holiday weekend at this three-day event with fun, music, and artisanal delights.

  • 24 - 26 August 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Event and admission combined ticket (members go free)
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Things to see and do

  • Things to see
  • Families

The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our 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
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens 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.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Last entry one hour before closing.
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Experience Summer at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

The perfect day out for all the family.

Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea

29 June to 01 September

Enjoy our Taste of Peter Rabbit™ Afternoon Tea in our Stableyard Tea Room. Vegan, children's and gluten-free afternoon tea options are available. 

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. 

SHOP 24/7 ONLINE

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

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Read history and stories

Rare and Historic Northern Irish Plant Varieties in our Gardens

Northern Ireland is home to a rich variety of rare and historic plants, and this diversity is reflected in the gardens of Hillsborough Castle.

Support Us

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

Make a donation

We are an independent charity and a donation helps us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy.

Become a patron

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

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.