Jubilee Parterre

Created for Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and featuring the Greek Temple

Created for Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and featuring the Greek Temple

When

  • Open daily from 18 April 2019

Ticketing information

Included in all admission tickets

Discover the charming formal garden and 19th-century summer house that adjoin the south terrace of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

The Jubilee Parterre

The Jubilee Parterre was created to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

A parterre is a formal garden, created by arranging planting beds symmetrically and linking pathways with tightly clipped border hedges.

Overlooking the Jubilee Parterre is the State Drawing Room, which features French windows that lead into this stunning formal garden. Members of the Royal Family enter the gardens through these doors for the annual royal garden party, which takes place on the South Lawn. 

The Greek Temple

This mid-19th century summer house marks the end of the original Moira Road as it entered The Square behind.

Temples such as this were usually set within a landscape so this setting is unusual, but had the advantage of offering shelter for those wishing to admire the view.

From here you can see the entire South Terrace, the Jubilee Parterre, Yew Tree Walk and Lady Alice's Temple in the distance.

The South Terrace of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, looking east towards the Greek Temple. Terrace flagstones and the Georgian exterior of the castle can be seen in the foreground under a partially cloudy sky and surrounded by bright green trees and other planting
A young couple walking across the stone-flagged South Terrace in front of the South Façade of Hillsborough Castle. Other visitors can be seen in the background. The sun is shining and a blue sky hangs above. Purple lavender is just visible in the foreground.
The South Terrace, looking south towards the fountain. The paved terrace is in the foreground, edge with shrubs and flowers.
A couple on the South Terrace enjoying views of the gardens at Hillsborough Castle. The South Façade of the castle is clearly visible in the background. The water fountain of the jubilee Parterre rises-up in the foreground. A blue sky hangs above.
Two gentlemen and a group of visitors enjoy a wander through a garden on a sunny Summers day at Hillsborough Castle. The westerly facade of the castle is visible in the background.
Things to see

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

Open daily from 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets

Lady Alice's Temple, looking west across the terrace and pond. 

This domed temple was given as a wedding gift to Lady Alice Hill by her brother, the 5th Marquess of Downshire in 1867. A circular seat inside the temple sits behind a screen of Ionic columns.
Things to see

Take a seat in this 19th-century temple and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens.

Open daily from 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets

Visitors enjoying the State Drawing Room in Hillsborough Castle. A young couple are in the foreground sat on a 2-seater sofa, seemingly enjoying the views around them. The rest of the group are spread around the room; a HRP Explainer stands in the background.
Things to see

Discover contemporary Irish art from the collection of HRH The Prince of Wales in this elegant family space.

Open for castle tours from 18 April 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours

White background. Main image is of a bronze finished garden ornament of a miniature dachshund which is sold in the shops and online.

Dachshund bronze finish garden ornament

This playful bronze effect dachshund will charm any new owner. This fun decorative garden ornament features a miniature dachshund dog standing on its hind legs and is inspired by the history of royal dogs.

£19.99

This beautiful ceramic bauble features a Palace Crest design, designed exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces.

Royal Palace Crest fine bone china bauble

This beautiful ceramic bauble features a Palace Crest design, designed exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces.

£55.00

Luxury peacock hanging decoration with exquisite embroidered design

Luxury peacock hanging decoration

Bring a sparkling touch to your Christmas tree with our glittering luxury hanging decoration in the shape of a peacock.

£12.99