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Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Essential information for visiting Hillsborough Castle and Gardens safely

Visit essentials

Facilities

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

  • Toilets open - with disabled access and baby change facilities
  • Hand washing and hand sanitiser facilities 
  • Only guide dogs are permitted
  • A limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow on a first come, first served basis, sanitised between each use.

Accessibility

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.

 

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

We support the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme, a discreet way to indicate to people that you need additional support, help or a little more time. We have Sunflower lanyards available to borrow from the Visitors Centre next to the A1 car park.

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.

Selection of breakfast foods - sausages, bacon, muesli, eggs, salmon, bread.

Food and drink

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

A family (two adults and two children) enjoying The Nest for Everyone sculpture designed by Clive Lyttle. One of the children is standing at the top of the ladder into the nest. Part of the Imaginary Menagerie Robin Trail.   

The Imaginary Menagerie is a play trail throughout the Castle's gardens. Opened in June 2021, it takes visitors on an adventure course that includes a series of sculptures celebrating the pets and wildlife animals that have made Hillsborough their home.  

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Imaginary Menagerie

Explore our animal-inspired play trail throughout the Castle's gardens, taking you on adventures celebrating the animals and wildlife that have made, and continue to make, Hillsborough their home.

Visitors walking through the walled garden

Got a question?

Browse our frequently asked questions to help with planning your visit. 

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.

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)