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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.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (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 Tours and talks

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

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.
Things to see

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Her Majesty The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

A lady stands in a Georgian room, 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.
Things to see

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

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

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A family consisting of a mum, dad, teenage daughter, young boy and girl relax on the South Lawn with the South Facade of the castle in the background. A young couple are also strolling through the gardens behind them. The family appear to be happily chatting away in the summer sun and the sky is blue with only a hint of clouds. The heavy sunshine casts dark shadows on the grass nearby as the rays hit a nearby mature tree.
Families Highlights

Join in the family activities at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this spring and over the May Day Bank Holiday.

18 April - 06 May 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Various dates over the May Day Bank Holiday

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Events Tours and talks

Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife shares the folklore and history surrounding The Tower of London's ravens.

26 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

18:30-19:30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Headshot of writer Jean Bleakney facilitator for Poetry and Plants workshop at Hillsborough Castle
Tours and talks

Join poet and plantswoman, Jean Bleakney, on a special morning walk through the beautiful gardens of Hillsborough Castle.

27 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

10:30-11:45

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Promotional photograph of a painting by Shona Shirley MacDonald, used to promote the work of Myra Zepf.
Events Tours and talks

Explore the rich tradition of Irish mythology with author Myra Zepf.

28 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

11:00-12:00

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

An exterior photo of the South facade of Hillsborough Castle on a sunny September day. Framed by greenery.
Events

Listen to five Northern Ireland based writers share new writing about Hillsborough Castle's history at this publication launch.

28 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

16:00-17:30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

A large lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a cloudy sky. Foliage from the surrounding trees and planting surrounds the water
Things to see

Take a wander down to the secluded lake, where the spectacular landscape opens up to an expanse of picturesque waterways.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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

Join us for the first ever food festival in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this summer.

05-07 July 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket