Dinners and receptions

Discover an elegant dining venue on the edge of Belfast

Discover an elegant dining venue on the edge of Belfast

Our palace, your place

Hillsborough Castle is, without doubt, one of the finest dining and reception venues in Northern Ireland.

With an illustrious history stretching back over 300 years, Hillsborough Castle has been the backdrop to momentous political talks and lavish private receptions – now it could be the setting for your special occasion.

Whether it’s a gala dinner or an intimate birthday celebration, this magnificent Georgian mansion has spaces to suit all kinds of events. Read on to find out more.

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Throne Room

The Throne Room is every bit as impressive as its name suggests. Spacious and versatile, it is dominated by a glorious silk coat of arms and two magnificent ‘chairs of state’, which represent the monarch when she’s not in residence.

As the largest space in Hillsborough Castle, the Throne Room can be used for any number of purposes, from celebratory dinners to formal functions.

The Throne Room can cater up to 80 guests for dinner and up to 150 guests for receptions

The Red Room

The Red Room, with its priceless oil paintings, beautiful oak floor and crimson silk damask walls, manages to be simultaneously grand and intimate, making it perfect for smaller get-togethers.

You and your guests can enjoy an intimate dinner around the exquisite mahogany dining table before making your way to the garden through the French windows for drinks.

The Red Room can accommodate up to 10 guests for dinner and up to 20 guests for receptions

State Dining Room

The State Dining Room has been the setting for countless state dinners over the years, and its esteemed guests have included prime ministers, presidents and heads of state.

The State Dining Room’s illustrious history and grand appointments make it perfect for large dinners and receptions that require a sense of ceremony.

The State Dining Room can cater up to 50 guests for dinner and up to 70 guests for receptions

Exclusive Castle hire

Planning a particularly large reception? If so, you may wish to hire the entire ground floor, which includes all of the castle’s State Rooms.

Used in conjunction, this magnificent suite of rooms can accommodate large numbers of guests for grand dinners and unforgettable receptions.

The State Rooms can accommodate up to 250 guests.

South Lawn and South Terrace

Hillsborough Castle may be a masterpiece of architecture and interior design – but that’s only part of the story. The house’s idyllic grounds, with their pretty terraces, meandering waterways and immaculate lawns, are perfect for summer celebrations and alfresco dinners.

By arrangement, marquees, gazebos and other temporary structures can be erected on our marquee sites to shade and shelter your guests from the elements.

The South Lawn and Dining Room Terrace marquee sites can accommodate 200 to 350 guests for dinners and receptions.

Approved suppliers

Over the years, we’ve worked with some of the best caterers, florists, entertainers and production specialists in the industry.

Whether it’s an intimate supper or a large-scale reception, our approved suppliers will help you deliver an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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Contact us

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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