Book onto a castle tour and enjoy a full day access to 100 acres of gardens.
Please book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Pre-booked tickets can be collected on arrival.
Tickets available on the door subject to availability.Separate ticket (advanced booking required)
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.
We invite you as honoured guests to explore the history of this elegant and intriguing Georgian house. Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation, as our expert Explainers guide you through a 45 minute tour of the castle’s fascinating history and stunning State Rooms. You’ll also enjoy a full day access to 100 acres of beautiful gardens; included in your Castle tour ticket.
A Royal Family Favourite
The Castle is the official Northern Ireland residence of HM The Queen. The Royal Family make regular visits and attend official engagements here today.
A Retreat for Politicians
Home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s, the Castle has played a central role in the peace-building process over the past 40 years.
A Place to See Great Art
The Castle if filled with impressive paintings from the Royal Collection Trust and other prominent lenders, including royal portraits by Lely and Ramsey as well as works by Old Masters such as Reynolds and Van Dyck.
For all the family
We invite our visitors to help in the hunt for the Archbishop’s hat, mislaid during a society wedding held at the Castle in 1956. Which other very important visitors and residents have left their distinctive headgear behind?
You’ll find interactive videos, building plans and a specialist collection of books in the People’s Library within the glorious Kew Palace.