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
First tour: 10:00, final tour: 15:00

Ticketing information

Tour times change seasonally. Please check the opening times page for timings on the date of your visit.

Please note, the castle will be closed on 24-26 December and 31 December 2018.

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

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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 been 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.

State Drawing Room with wooden floor and a variety of persian rugs and furniture from the Royal Collection. A variety of Irish art hangs on the sunny yellow walls. Marble-like pillars frame the room.
View of Red Room - walls adorned with silk red damask. Walls covered with gold-framed paintings. A Waterford Crystal chandelier hangs above a small round mahogany table.
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A WorldHost Recognised Destination

Historic Royal Palaces is dedicated to giving all our visitors the care and attention they deserve. We’re delighted that Hillsborough Castle is a WorldHost Recognised Destination.

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

09:30-16:00 (last admission is 15:00)

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Moss Walk at Hillsborough Castle in the snow
Events

Join acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney for a special candle-lit reading of spooky stories in the atmospheric Throne Room.

28 December 2018 (sold out)

Hillsborough Castle

19:00

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Georgian architect stands in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace, looking up at the Tudor building
Families Tours and talks

Shh! You're invited on a special mission… meet characters from history and explore the palace with the Time Explorers app.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.

£10.99

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Kew Palace luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This luxury handmade Christmas tree decoration features the design of the front of the Dutch House at Kew Palace on the River Thames in south west London.

£29.99

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Luxury peacock hanging decoration

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£12.99