Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is now closed for major project works - re-opening in July 2018.

Castle tours

Explore the history of this elegant and intriguing Georgian house on a guided tour.

Explore the history of this elegant and intriguing Georgian house on a guided tour.

When

  • Daily from 01 July 2018

Ticketing information

Castle tours are available from 01 July 2018 onwards.

To avoid disappointment please book your tickets in advance and collect them on arrival. Door tickets are subject to availability.

There are three tours per hour - commencing on the hour, 15 minutes past, and 30 minutes past.

First tour 10:00, last tour 16:00 (until 30 September 2018). 

Included in palace admission Buy Hillsborough Castle tickets

Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as our expert Explainers guide you through a 45-minute tour of Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history and stunning State Rooms.

A castle tour includes guided access to all the State Rooms that make up this elegant Georgian home; including the grand Throne Room, relaxing State Drawing Room, Lady Grey's Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall.

You can also explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, which are also included in your ticket, to complete a relaxing day out for the whole family.

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence

From grand family home to charming royal residence, Hillsborough Castle has welcomed the world and witnessed pivotal moments in history for over three hundred years. 

The castle is the official Northern Ireland residence of HM The Queen. Leading members of the Royal Family have regularly visited Northern Ireland since 1922, using Hillsborough as their ceremonial and personal base.

It's also home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s and has played a central role in the peace-building process for 40 years.

Gardens of Hillsborough Castle with shrubs and stream in the foreground in bright sunshine
Things to see

Discover 100 acres of ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily from 01 July 2018

Logo fo Hampton Court Pride at the Palace 2017
Events Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the LGBT+ stories of Hampton Court Palace's past and bring them to life.

29 June - 1 July 2018

Hampton Court Palace

19:00 and 20:00

Events Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the LGBT+ stories of the Tower's past and bring them to life on this after-hours guided tour.

8 and 15 July 2018

Tower of London

18:30 and 19:30

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