Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

Discover Northern Ireland's royal residence

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

Illustrated drawing of a beekeeper with bees

Hillsborough Honey Fair

06 - 07 August 

Discover high quality local producers and food vendors for a day of entertaining talks,  demonstrations, family workshops and live music.

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Things to see and do

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.


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

Enjoy a day out discovering our new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.


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.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

What's on

School children gardening in Tower of London moat as for Superbloom schools project
Things to see Jubilee

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is joining in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a colourful, vibrant display of flowers in castle gardens.

01 June - September

Hillsborough Castle

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Two visitors walking around the Lake along a path in the sunshine.
Tours and talks Events

Join us on guided walks and tours at Hillsborough Castle's gardens and discover the history behind their beautiful plants and flowers.

Various dates year-round

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket

Two male visitors look at white flowers in a lush green garden under a blue sky in the summer
Tours and talks Events

Join our expert gardeners in workshops and explore Hillsborough Castle's historic gardens.

Various dates year-round

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket

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

Members go free

There's never been a better time to join

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.

Lifestyle shot of Royal Palace china in a garden at Hampton Court (tea party)

Browse our online shop

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

Browse our online shop
White spring blossom growing up a brick wall

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Support us

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

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.

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.