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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.

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Opening times

Gardens 

01 November 2023 - 03 March 2024 
Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00-16:00 (last entry to gardens 15:00).

Castle

Closed 30 October 2023 - 09 March 2024
The Castle is currently closed for individual visits but welcomes group visits all year round.

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.

Gardens only ticket prices from (excluding donation): 

  • Members: Free
  • Adult: £10.00
  • Child: £5.00

Getting here

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens,

Car park postcode: BT26 6HR. Please copy this postcode into your Sat Nav to direct you to the Car Park and Admissions.

For free on-site parking, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance. Entrance is via the Weston Pavilion. 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.

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

Highlights

Spring Spectacular

09 March – 06 May 2024

Witness half a million of bulbs in bloom in 100 acres of stunning gardens.

What's on

  • Exhibition
  • Things to see

Life Through a Royal Lens

A must-see exhibition documenting the British Royal Family's ever-evolving relationship with the camera over the last 200 years.

  • Re-opens 09 March 2024 (Group bookings available now)
  • In line with castle opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Families

St. Patrick’s Day Music & Storytelling Sessions

This St. Patrick’s Day, listen to traditional Irish tales and music with renowned storyteller Eamonn Keenan and musician Aodan MacSeafriadh.

  • 16 March 2024
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Garden Workshops

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

  • 28 March - 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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Things to see and do

  • Things to see
  • Families

The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our new 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

The Gardens

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10:00-16:00 (last entry 15:00)
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Walled Garden

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

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Visitors walking under an arch in the Walled Garden.

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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. 

Teddy bears against a blue background

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

The Walled Gardens looking towards the Pavilion, showing the circular pond. 

The Walled Gardens dates back to the 18th century and covers an area of 4 acres. Historically, it would have produced fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the running of the house.

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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.