Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Spend a day exploring 100 acres of stunning gardens. Book a tour of the Georgian house built by Wills Hill, which is still in use as a Royal residence in Northern Ireland.

A great family day out

Keep the family entertained with a day out at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Book online to save (members go free).

From November - December there will be a series of festive events and activities, including live music, food, family workshops, choral concerts and Christmas ghost stories this November and December at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Meet the Victorian household of Lord & Lady Arthur Hill, the Tower of London's famous Yeoman Warders, Lucy Worsley and, of course, Father Christmas as you explore Northern Ireland's royal residence.

Enjoy festive family fun

Join us for wreath making workshops, live Christmas-themed jazz music and magical guided tours at the castle this December.

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 all admission tickets (members go free)

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.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

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

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Victorian-style wreath hanging on a tree in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle
Events

Create a seasonal Victorian wreath using foliage from the castle grounds with resident florist, Lorna Brownlee.

Friday 13 December, Saturday 14 December

Hillsborough Castle

11:00-13:00, 14:30-16:30

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Image of jazz percussionist David Lyttle sat on a car bonnet
Events Highlights

Join jazz percussionist David Lyttle and his band as they perform a new suite of music at Hillsborough Castle.

14 December 2019

Hillsborough Castle

19:00 drinks reception, 19:30 start

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Two visitors with their backs to the camera look at a painting of two saints embracing.
Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the hidden histories of Hillsborough Castle from a different perspective.

30 November 2019, 25 January 2020, 29 February 2020

Hillsborough Castle

11.45

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A view from above looking straight down Yew Tree Walk with Lady Alice's Temple at the far end. Clouds in the sky and bare trees suggest it was taken in late Autumn/early winter.

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A family of two adults and two children enjoy playing and walking on the South Lawn of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in autumn 2019.

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Support us

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

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.

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.

Make a donation

Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. We raise all our own funds and depend on your support.

The Palace Crest Collection has been exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces and celebrates the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Browse gifts for Christmas

Discover beautiful and exclusive gifts for all tastes this Christmas with our Hillsborough Castle and Gardens gift shop collection. Worldwide shipping available.