A majestic day out, rain or shine

Come rain or shine, there is always something to do in the castle, grounds and eating spots at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Enjoy a full day out with your combined castle tour and gardens ticket, or become a member to enjoy unlimited adventures for a whole year.

Tours of Hillsborough Castle

Hear stories from the castle's history on a tour with an expert explainer. All tours are included in your combined castle and gardens ticket (members go free).

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Tours and talks Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Families Tours and talks

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.

Weekends only

Hillsborough Castle

11:30 or 14:30

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Two visitors with their backs to the camera look at a painting of two saints embracing.
Tours and talks

Join us as we uncover the hidden histories of Hillsborough Castle from a different perspective.

25 January 2020, 29 February 2020

Hillsborough Castle

11.45

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Spectacular state rooms

Walk in the footsteps of royalty, presidents and peacemakers during your tour in our state rooms.

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Her Majesty The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A lady stands in a Georgian room, looking around her at the gold-framed paintings adorning the Red Room. The walls are covered in deep red silk damask and a marble fireplace is visible. An older couple can be seen in the background, also looking at the paintings.
Things to see

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

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 daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A group of visitors wander around Lady Grey's Study. A crystal chandelier hangs above the room which features a soft teal wallpaper, hand-block printed with a flower design
Things to see

Discover this calm, cosy room and learn about the historic meetings that have taken place within its walls.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

View of Stair Hall looking towards stairs that lead to the Royal Corridor. The walls are a soft blue and a large patterned rug covers most of the wooden floor. The walls are adorned with old political cartoons depicting the history of Irish and American politics. A gold-framed mirror hangs on the wall and a red-cushioned bench sits opposite.
Things to see

Explore the story of some key moments in the history of Ireland that shaped the role of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Two young girls look at a replica of a diamond silver tiara on a red display pillow in a historic room.
Things to see

Explore this stylish setting for Georgian entertainment, where Her Majesty The Queen still hosts dinners.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Ante Room with wooden floor, olive-green walls and dark green damask curtains. A marble bust stands in the corner, and two deep red chairs frame the doors leading to the State Entrance Hall.
Things to see

Discover the heart of the castle, which provides access to some of the most important spaces.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A pathway leading down to a gateway, surrounded by trees and leading to a fort in the background
Things to see

Uncover the origins of the Hill family in their first home in Hillsborough.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Free

Man and woman couple walking towards State Entrance door of Hillsborough Castle

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