Hillsborough Castle closes on Mondays and Tuesdays in November. The gardens are open daily. Please check for planned closures.

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Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle

Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle

Visit essentials

Facilities

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
  • Health and Safety advice

Accessibility

We do everything we can to ensure disabled visitors enjoy the full palace experience.

Eating

There are currently no catering facilities managed by Historic Royal Palaces on-site at Hillsborough Castle, but dining options are included in our Castle Project.

The local area has a number of dining options available within a walking distance from the site.

Shopping

Looking for gifts and souvenirs inspired by this famous historic building and its gardens?

You can shop for Historic Royal Palaces items online, and non-EU residents can buy tax-free.

Group visits

There are special offers and discounts for groups of 20 people or more.

We offer reduced admission for group bookings. Meal deals and tours are also available.

School visits

There are currently no Historic Royal Palaces school visit packages available at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. 

The development of the Clore Learning Centre is an exciting feature of the Hillsborough Castle Project. 

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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.
Tours and talks Things to see

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

Wednesday to Sunday

Hillsborough Castle

10:00-15:00, two tours per hour starting on the hour and 30 minutes past

The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

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

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-16:00 (last admission is 15:00)

20 members of the choral group Cappella Carciliana stand in front of the State Entrance to Hillsborough Castle. The stone pillars and Georgian windows of the castle are visible in the background. The gentlemen wear a black suit and tie whilst the ladies in the group wear green ballgown dress.
Events

Because there's nothing more magical than carols in a castle dressed for Christmas.

01 December 2018

Hillsborough Castle

19:45-22:00