Things to see and do this autumn

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

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

Updated 28 September: our gardens remain open while the castle is closed for the winter. Find out how we're keeping you safe on your visit.

Open Thursday to Sunday

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

Explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, including the newly-restored 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 light bites and afternoon tea on our patio terrace or enjoy one of our picnic hampers in the grounds - just remember your picnic blanket and we'll do the rest!

Garden highlights

A general view of tall conifers in the Pinetum.
Tours and talks

Wrap up warm and see autumn highlights and colour in our garden guided walks.

Saturdays from 24 October to 28 November

Hillsborough Castle

Separate ticket

A selection of seasonal produce including pumpkins, apples and vegetables on display in a wheelbarrow with orange flowers in the background.
Things to see

Discover seasonal produce on display in our gardens

From 9 October to 15 November

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Visitors enjoying a walk through the Walled Garden
Tours and talks

Join one our expert guides as they share the history highlights of Hillsborough Castle Gardens this autumn.

Thursdays 14.00 from 22 October to 26 November

Hillsborough Castle

1 hour

Separate ticket

Gardener picking apples from a tree in the Walled Garden.
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Lady Alice's Temple, looking west across the terrace and pond. 

This domed temple was given as a wedding gift to Lady Alice Hill by her brother, the 5th Marquess of Downshire in 1867. A circular seat inside the temple sits behind a screen of Ionic columns.
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A group of visitor enjoy a wander around the Granville Garden in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on a warm Summers Day. The open iron gates of the garden are visible in the foregrouns and a blue clouded sky above is in start contract to the bright green of Europe's largest rhododendron, also visible behind the garden.
Things to see

Take a moment in this elegant rose garden created by Lady Granville, aunt to Her Majesty The Queen.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Pinetum - Halloween at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, 2020
Things to see

Explore the spooktacular hidden Pinetum for a scary tree climb this Halloween.

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A lady and four young children walk down stone steps on the South Terrace towards the Jubilee Parterre. The South Façade of the Hillsborough Castle is visible in the background and a blue sky hangs above. The sun is shining brightly and highlights the nearby box-trimmed hedges and white flowers.
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Meet the Keeper of the Walled Garden

Adam Ferguson, our Keeper of the Walled Garden, and his team have reimagined the Walled Garden using a combination of heritage and modern techniques.

Meet Adam and his team, and hear about their future plans, in this short film.

Find out more about the Walled Garden
Hillsborough Castle Gardens, looking across a pond towards Lady Alice's Temple.

Buy tickets online

To visit Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, please book a ticket and time slot. 

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Our supporters

The new blue and black Heritage Lottery Fund logo for 2019, displayed on a white background

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.