Facilities

Practical information for your visit

Practical information for your visit

Update 27 November: We are closed from 27 November to 02 December inclusive. The gardens will now reopen on Thursday 03 December in line with updated guidance from the Northern Ireland Executive.

Garden trails

We have two gardens trails for you to enjoy. Please collect your trail map from the admission desk in the Lower Visitor Centre.

 

Toilets

Toilets are available in the following locations:

  • Pineapple Yard

All have disabled access and baby change facilities.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted in Hillsborough Castle and Gardens unless they are registered assistance dogs.

All registered assistance dogs, even those in training, are welcome and can accompany their owners on castle tours. Please bring the dog’s ‘Assistance Dog’s (UK)’ identification book (or appropriate international equivalent) and ensure that dogs wear their designated jacket or lead slip.

Facilities for families

Extra care should be taken in the castle gardens where there are water features or wildlife. For the safety and well-being of all our visitors, the use of balls, frisbees, scooters, bicycles and roller-blades are not allowed in the gardens.

Buggies and pushchairs

A buggy park are available in the Stable Yard.

Baby changing

Baby changing facilities are available in both the male and female toilets in the Pineapple Yard.

Filming and photography

Photography is permitted in all areas of the castle and grounds for personal, non-commercial use.

The photography of certain, individual items may not be allowed due to loan arrangements. Please ask a member of staff if you’re unsure.

Wedding photography
Wedding photography is exclusive to couples hiring Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for their wedding day. To find out more about hiring one of our venues for your event, visit our Hire a venue page.

Commercial photography
Requests for commercial photography, filming and sketching should be made in advance by contacting our Press Team. 

Photographic equipment
Equipment such as tripods and selfie sticks may not be used inside the castle unless arrangements have been made in advance with our Conservation team.

Historic Royal Palaces is a safeguarding aware organisation and takes its responsibility to protect children and vulnerable people seriously. Therefore, we may sometimes ask that visitors refrain from filming or photographing other visitors.

Read our safeguarding policies and procedures

Left luggage

Large bags (anything bigger than approx. A3) and buggies will not be allowed in the Castle.  Free lockers will be available for bag and buggy storage. 

Small handbags are permitted inside the castle on the condition they may be searched upon entry, using non touch.

WiFi

Free Wi-Fi is available inside the castle only, not in the gardens.

Simply follow the on-screen prompts on your mobile device to get connected.

Lost property

Please speak to a member of staff if you lose something during a visit. Alternatively contact our Visitor Services team with a description of the lost item and the date of your visit by emailing [email protected]

First

Please alert a uniformed member of staff if someone within your party requires First Aid during your visit.

 

Health and safety

  • Our castle is very old and has many uneven surfaces, for example cobbles, worn steps, uneven steps and slopes. Please choose footwear that is comfortable and appropriate for the conditions.
  • Some surfaces may be slippery, particularly if they are wet from rain.
  • Light levels can be low in some places, so please allow sufficient time for your eyes to adjust, particularly when using stairs.
  • In some of our gardens we have steep slopes and drops from height, so please be aware of these, especially if you have children with you.
  • Where water features are present, please ensure children are supervised at all times.
  • Look out for our safety signs and follow the advice given to avoid spoiling your day.
  • There are many insects and in particular bees and wasps nests around the site which are undisturbed.
  • Throughout the gardens there are open lakes and small bridges please approach with caution especially if you have children with you.
  • There may be some traffic movements from our gardeners on the arterial service road. When crossing please do so with caution.