Explore the history of this elegant and intriguing Georgian house on a guided tour
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 from 23 January to 12 February and 23 March 2019.
To avoid disappointment, please book your tickets in advance and collect them on arrival. Door tickets are subject to availability.
Included in castle tours (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.
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.
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.
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