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Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

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.

Visit essentials

Facilities

We offer all the essential facilities to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

  • Toilets open - Pineapple Yard - with disabled access and baby change facilities
  • Hand washing and hand sanitiser facilities 
  • Only guide dogs are permitted

Accessibility

We do everything we can to ensure disabled visitors enjoy their visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Due to the current Coronavirus situation, we regret we are unable to provide wheelchairs at this time.

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

Eating

Enjoy a wide ranging seasonal menu of takeaway food and drink from our award-winning café, featuring produce grown in our very own Walled Garden.

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

Shopping

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.

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Garden trails

Pick up one of our garden trails when you visit the stunning gardens. Choose your route and see what you can find as you explore.

Two visitors seated outside  at a table drinking tea and eating cake.

Visit our café

Explore the gardens and then enjoy delicious takeaway food and drink from our award-winning café.

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Browse our FAQs

We hold the industry standard, 'We're Good to Go' for for Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, which means we follow government and industry guidelines for social distancing and cleanliness. Check out how to make the most of your day with our frequently asked questions about how to book, our social distancing measures, hand washing facilities and more.

Gardener walking through the Walled Garden
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (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.

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)