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Conferences and meetings at Hillsborough Palace

Our History, Your Story

Our History, Your Story

Regal splendour just 20 minutes from Belfast

Hillsborough Castle has been the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland since 1922, although its origins stretch right back to the 18th century. During that time, the castle has borne witness to momentous historical change and played host to monarchs, ministers and heads of state.

Today, Hillsborough Castle’s pedigree makes it an inspiring venue for events of all sizes. Each of the rooms has its own unique character, but all are guaranteed to add a sense of occasion and ceremony to meetings, conferences and away days.

If desired, the entire ground floor, with its exquisitely appointed State Rooms, can be hired out for an event of truly regal proportions.

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Throne Room

The Throne Room is every bit as majestic as the name suggests. Tastefully decorated in white, gold and green, the room is dominated by an elaborate silk coat of arms and two chairs of state, which represent Her Majesty The Queen when she’s not in residence. It is the largest and most versatile space in Hillsborough Castle.

When it’s not being used by the Royal Family for official functions, the Throne Room can be hired for meetings and conferences that require a little extra something.

The Throne Room can cater for up to 120 guests, theatre style

State Dining Room

You’ll be in good company in the State Dining Room, which has played host to such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and innumerable ambassadors and international delegates.

With its impressive history and elegant décor, the State Dining Room is perfect for corporate entertaining. You and your guests can take a private tour of the castle before enjoying dinner in the company of King George III and Queen Charlotte, whose portraits grace the walls.

The State Dining Room can cater for up to 40 guests, theatre style

The Red Room

The Red Room, so-called for its deep crimson damask wallpaper, is the most intimate of the State Rooms, making it ideal for small meetings and presentations.

With a solid oak floor and several impressive portraits from the Royal Collection, the cosy yet luxurious atmosphere is completed by a grand chandelier and an impressive fireplace designed by the architect William Kent.

The Red Room can cater for up to 30 guests, theatre style

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Whatever the nature of your event our preferred suppliers can help you deliver an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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If you would like to hire Hillsborough Castle for your event, please call our team on +44 (0)28 9268 1342 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can fill out an enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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