Enjoy a majestic day out

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence with a visit to the transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence with a visit to the transformed Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Re-opening in spring 2019

Located just 20 minutes from Belfast, the restored and re-imagined Hillsborough Castle and Gardens will have something for everyone.

You’ll find parking easy in our free car park. Enjoy delicious food and drink in our relaxing café, within our brand new visitor centre.

Explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, including the newly-restored Walled Garden, the previously unseen Lost Garden, meandering waterways and picturesque glens.

Inside the castle, discover the fascinating history of the re-presented State Rooms on one of our new guided tours.

At the end of your day, pick-up a gift or souvenir in our brand new shop.

Summer family fun

A lady and four young children walk down stone steps on the South Terrace towards the Jubilee Parterre. The South Façade of the Hillsborough Castle is visible in the background and a blue sky hangs above. The sun is shining brightly and highlights the nearby box-trimmed hedges and white flowers.

Easter family activities

18-28 April 2019

Join our team of expert explainers and a cast of characters from the castle's history as we kick-start the Easter period with family activities for all ages.

Food and drink at the Tower of London Good Food Festival 2017

Food Festival

05-07 July 2019

A celebration of food and drink where you’ll discover the tastiest street food, delicious artisan producers, a stellar line-up of chefs and fabulous family entertainment.

Two actors dressed in historical costume throw up their hands in horror during a Horrible Histories performance. The Horrible Histories logo appears in the background as part of the red and black set.

Horrible Histories

Coming in August 2019

Join us for Horrible Histories 'Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians' live on stage in the beautiful gardens, and learn about history with the nasty bits left in!

The Walled Garden

Adam Ferguson, our Keeper of the Walled Garden, and his team have reimagined the Walled Garden using a combination of heritage and modern techniques.

Meet Adam and his team, and hear about their future plans, in this short film.

A large lake under a partially cloudy sky, with green trees and marsh land surrounding it

The Lake

The beautiful lake is fed by the stream that meanders through the gardens. The 18th and 19th century paths around the lake remain for you to enjoy.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens

Lady Alice’s Temple

The picturesque Yew Tree Walk offers outstanding views of the nearby Lady Alice's Temple, where former resident Secretary of State Mo Mowlem once found welcome respite from the pressures of politics.

A group of visitor enjoy a wander around the Granville Garden in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on a warm Summers Day. The open iron gates of the garden are visible in the foregrouns and a blue clouded sky above is in start contract to the bright green of Europe's largest rhododendron, also visible behind the garden.

Granville Garden

The beautiful Granville Garden was created by HM the Queen's aunt; Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon. As young princesses, HM the Queen and HRH Princess Margaret would visit their aunt and uncle here.

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.

The Throne Room

Explore the ceremonial heart of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, the scene for HM The Queen's coronation ball in 1953.

A lady stands in the foreground looking around her at the gold-framed paintings adorning the Red Room. The walls are covered in deep red silk damask and a marble fireplace is visible. An older couple can be seen in the background, also looking at the paintings.

The Red Room

Political history meets royal family life and incredible art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

Two young girls look at a replica of a diamond silver tiara on a red display pillow in a historic room.

State Dining Room

An elegant scene for Georgian entertainments, where HM The Queen still hosts dinners today.

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With many thanks to Mark Pigott KBE.