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An oasis of calm just 20 minutes from Belfast

An oasis of calm just 20 minutes from Belfast

Our history, your story

When it comes to wedding venues in Northern Ireland, it doesn’t get much more impressive than Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

This splendid Georgian mansion, located just 20 minutes from Belfast, has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available for your big day, whether it’s a classic white wedding or something more distinctive – and of course, there are breath-taking photo opportunities aplenty within its 100 acres of gardens.

Our service is fit for royalty; so take advantage. You’ll enjoy a personal service from a small but dedicated team who are passionate about your story, your ideas and vision.

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Tipi Marquee on West Terrace Lawn. The Granville Garden visible in the foreground with Hillsborough Castle (a stone Georgian mansion) in the background.

Garden Marquee Sites

Everybody loves a summer wedding – and what better setting than Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, with its ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and immaculate lawns? Our two marquee sites, the South Lawn and West Terrace, are licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies, so come rain or shine, you can enjoy your entire day, from ceremony to evening reception, within the grounds of this graceful Georgian residence.


  • Up to 350 guests

Ceremony and reception options

  • Licensed for wedding ceremonies
  • Suitable for drinks receptions, dinners, live music and dances


  • Available for daytime and evening hire

The State Rooms

Follow in the footsteps of royalty, presidents and peacemakers by hosting your guests in the historic and luxurious State Rooms.

Enjoy a regal dinner in the spectacular Throne Room, where HM The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953, or the elegant State Dining Room, surrounded by priceless oil paintings from the Royal Collection.

The original library, now known as the State Drawing Room, makes for a show-stopping reception space. Delicate colours favoured by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, give the room an elegant, relaxing grace. The French windows are used by HM The Queen and members of the royal family when they go outside to greet their guests during garden parties. The room was also the setting for the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985, and the calm Lady Grey's Study, was a favourite of Secretary of State Mo Mowlam during her time at Hillsborough Castle.

Whether you’re after understated elegance or unabashed grandeur, we’re certain you’ll find a room that’s perfect for your unique requirements.


  • Up to 80 guests for dinner and up to 120 people for a reception

Reception options

  • Suitable for dinners and drinks receptions
  • Can be combined with one of our marquee sites for dances, live music and entertainment


  • Available for daytime and evening hire
A 6ft round table situated in the State Dining Room and dressed for dinner. A silver damask cloth covers the table which is dressed with a glass candelabra, blue flowers and foliage. The corner of a large oil painting is visible in the background.

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 wedding ceremony or a large-scale reception, our approved suppliers will work with you from start to finish to deliver an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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Contact us

If you would like to hire Hillsborough Castle and Gardens 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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