Things to see and do this summer

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

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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Garden highlights

Illustration of birds, animals, insects and carriage set in green fields
Things to see Families

This summer, enjoy a day out discovering our brand new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

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Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Main Lawn. Showing shrubs in the foreground and trees seen across the lawn.
Things to see

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

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Hillsborough Castle

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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.
Things to see

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

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Hillsborough Castle

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

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.

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Hillsborough Castle

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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.

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Hillsborough Castle

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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.

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Hillsborough Castle

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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.

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Hillsborough Castle

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The Lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a large stretch of water surrounded by green and orange trees under a cloudy sky
Things to see

Explore the Lake and Pinetum

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Hillsborough Castle

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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.

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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

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.