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Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence with a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence with a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Explore Hillsborough

Located just 20 minutes from Belfast, the restored and re-imagined Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has something for everyone.

Explore the Castle and 100 acres of beautiful gardens, including the Imaginary Menagerie interactive play trail, Walled Garden, the previously unseen Lost Garden, meandering waterways and picturesque glens.

You’ll find parking easy in our free car park. You can also enjoy delicious delicious takeaway food and drink from our award-winning café.

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The Imaginary Menagerie

Enjoy a day out discovering our interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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The Gardens

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10:00-17:00. Last entry one hour before closing.
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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The Castle

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

  • Open weekends
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  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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Walled Garden

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

  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Lady Alice's Temple

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

  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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The Glen

Explore this intimate corner of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, which is full of colour and intriguing details.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Granville Garden

Take a moment in this elegant rose garden created by Lady Granville, aunt to Queen Elizabeth II.

  • In line with castle opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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The Lake

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees in this secluded section of the castle grounds

  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Jubilee Parterre

Discover a charming formal garden and find out why the castle's 19th-century summer house is so unusual.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Spring Spectacular at Hillsborough Castle

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  • Easter

Spring Spectacular

Witness half a million bulbs in bloom in 100 acres of stunning gardens.

  • Until 06 May 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
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  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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Garden Workshops

Join our expert gardeners in workshops and explore Hillsborough Castle's historic gardens.

  • Until 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
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  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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Our supporters

The restoration and re-presentation of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Mark Pigott KBE KSTJ, Garfield Weston Foundation, the Clore Duffield Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and other generous donors.