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Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Updated 29 May. In line with government guidance, our palaces remain closed. We are working on detailed plans to safely re-open our sites, starting with our outdoor spaces. Thank you for your patience. Read our statement

Visit essentials


We offer all the essential facilities and a few you may not expect, including advice and tips for a perfect day out.

  • Toilets and Cloakrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Only guide dogs are permitted


We do everything we can to ensure disabled visitors enjoy their visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. 

Disabled visitors are entitled to bring an accompanying adult/carer free of charge.


Enjoy a wide ranging seasonal menu, featuring produce grown in our very own Walled Garden.

Hillsborough Castle Café: 
Located in the Weston Pavilion, Pineapple Yard

The Stable Yard Tea Room: 
Located in the Stable Yard


Shop for gifts and souvenirs inspired by this famous royal residence.

Our shops offer everything from souvenirs and gifts, to fine jewellery. You can also shop online and non-EU residents can buy tax-free.

Group visits

We offer reduced admission for groups of 15 people or more.

Enjoy a castle tour and all-day entry to 100 acres of world-famous historic gardens.

School visits

We offer everything you need for the perfect educational visit.

Spaces are limited so book in advance.

You can include special sessions and workshops designed for pupils of all ages.

A family of a mother, dad and two children in the cafe courtyard of the Weston Pavilion (visitor centre) at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Enjoy a coffee or slice of cake

Enjoy delicious cakes, sandwiches and hot meals made with produce sources from our own Walled Garden. 

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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.


Hillsborough Castle

11:30 or 14:30

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

State Entrance of Hillsborough Castle showing fireplace with surrounding seating and furniture. Looking towards doors leading into Candlestick Hall.
Tours and talks Events

Join an expert guide on a tour of Hillsborough Castle's art treasures including unique works from the Royal Collection and other major lenders.


Hillsborough Castle


Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (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.


Hillsborough Castle

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