Additional information for your visit
In line with the latest government guidance, our gardens will be open for local households to visit for essential exercise at weekends only from 16 January 2021. Visitors should not travel outside of their local area and must comply with social distancing guidelines. Takeaway catering and toilets will be provided. Please bring a face covering.
The castle is currently closed for the winter season.
As a member, you need to pre-book a timeslot for your visit using the Member portal. This is to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff.
If you are unable to login with your membership number and surname, try a space after your surname. It is not case-specific. If this doesn’t help, please email our team at [email protected].
On-site car parking is available free of charge including 27 disabled parking space, free for Blue Badge holders. Please please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance. Visit the Getting Here page for more information.
Toilets are available in the following locations:
All toilets have disabled access and baby changing facilities.
Those with a registered disability are entitled to a free carers ticket.
Complimentary adult carer tickets can be obtained on the day of your visit upon presentation of proof of registered disability (such as a Blue Badge, Freedom Pass, DLA letter or PIP letter).
The access page has further details on what to expect during your visit.
Yes, tickets purchased directly through our website can be shown on your mobile device or printed out.
No, we will not be offering ticket collection on site at this time.
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.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and enjoy picnics int the gardens– we simply ask that you observe social distancing, for your safety, and the safety of our other guests.
Our café in the Lower Visitor Centre in the Western Pavilion is open for takeaway service, 10.00-16.00.
Our on site shop in the Weston Pavilion is closed. You can shop exclusive Hillsborough gifts at our online shop.
You can spend as much time as you like in Hillsborough Gardens during opening hours. Most visitors spend an average of 3 hours on site.
As a working Royal residence and home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland we have a commitment to ensure our site is safe for all. As you enter the site you will pass through our security area where bags and individuals may be searched.
Small handbags are permitted inside the castle on the condition they may be searched before entering. Rucksacks and large bags are not allowed inside the castle but can be deposited in the Stable Yard. Upon entry to the castle you can also store bags in a secure bag drop facility.
The following items are strictly banned from the premises:
Pushchairs are welcome in the gardens, but not in the castle.
Free lockers will be available for bag and buggy storage.
Due to the natural terrain of the gardens, some paths are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. For further information on accessibility at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, see our Accessibility page.
We are unable to offer wheelchair hire at this time.
As Historic Royal Palaces is a charity, we receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. We are unable to support other fundraising activities with complimentary tickets.
Rucksacks, large bags and buggies are not allowed inside the castle.
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 bags coming into the castle will be a non touch search as they go into the state entrance.
You are welcome to take non-commercial photographs (without the use of flash) within the castle in most cases. Some items or imagery may be prohibited from being photographed and this will be clearly signposted, or ask a member of staff if you are unsure. The use of tripods and selfie-sticks in prohibited.
Images of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens are available for sale from our Photographic Library. Requests for commercial photography, filming or sketching should be made in advance.
There is no specific dress code for visitors to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. We do ask that you dress respectfully as families are likely to be present. If there are offensive slogans or other clothing items deemed to be inappropriate you may be approached by a member of staff.
If you arrive late, please alert a member of staff who will try their best to accommodate you on an alternative time slot. This is subject to availability.
If you lose something during your visit, please contact the nearest member of staff. Alternatively, contact [email protected]and we'll do our best to try to reunite you with your property.
Entrance will be via the visitor entrance off the A1, which is closest to our beautiful gardens.