Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

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

A mother and two children explore the explore the Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Autumn family fun

From foraging walks to Halloween arts and craft, celebrate autumn with your family at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Things to see and do

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.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (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.
Things to see

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

Open until 26 September inclusive

Hillsborough Castle

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

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

This autumn, enjoy a day out discovering our brand new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

What's on

View of Hillsborough Castle gardens lit with colourful lights at night
Families Tours and talks

Take the family on a magical sound and light walk through the gardens this Halloween and discover a spooky side to Hillsborough Castle.

28, 30 and 31 October 2021

Hillsborough Castle

17.30 – 21.30 (Walks last 30 minutes)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Image of an interpreter dressed up in a costume at Lady Alice's Temple
Highlights Things to see

Get ready for a Friday night of terror in this immersive ghost walk through Hillsborough Castle's gardens. Suitable for ages 14 and above.

29 October 2021

Hillsborough Castle

17.30 – 21.30 (Each walk lasts 30 minutes)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Families Events

A brand new after-dark illuminated Christmas trail through festive gardens at Hillsborough Castle.

03 December 2021 - 02 January 2022

Hillsborough Castle

*Excluding 6, 7 and 25 December when the Castle and Gardens will be closed.

Separate ticket (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.

A still life shot of a bottle of Hillsborough Gin, surrounded by apples, pears and roses which are the flavours of the alcohol. A sparkly tiara and chairs upholstered with rich red fabric suggest a regal location.

Hillsborough gifts

Discover our Hillsborough Castle and Gardens inspired gift collection.

White spring blossom growing up a brick wall

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Support us

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

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.

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.

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.