Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Please help us maintain Northern Ireland's royal residence by visiting

Please help us maintain Northern Ireland's royal residence by visiting

Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.

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

Family days out

Book your tickets and arrival time online (members go free).

Family days out

Take some time and enjoy family fun with days out at historic Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

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)

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.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Parent and child looking a paper garden map while seated on concrete steps
Families Things to see

Make the most of your time in these stunning royal gardens with one of our new garden trails.


Hillsborough Castle

The trails take 30 minutes to an hour

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

White spring blossom growing up a brick wall

Grow like a pro - top tips for looking after your garden

Our expert Gardens Manager, Claire Woods, shares top tips for looking after your garden.

A woman and her two children enjoy the gardens of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens on a bright sunny day

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.

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

Five brilliant history resources for home schooling

Discover curriculum-linked history resources for all Key Stages that will keep your kids learning about the Tudors, Victorians and more while you're staying home together.

A young male and female couple sit and talk together on the stone balustrade in front of the pond, which is in front of Lady Alice's Temple. The still, calm pond is framed by mature plants and the small, white columned temple sits on a small hill above.

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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.

Make a donation

As a self-funding charity, we urgently need your support. We're facing a £95m shortfall in our finances this year as a result of the Coronavirus. We would gratefully appreciate any donation, whatever you can afford. Thank you.

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.