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Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Where to find us

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Hillsborough

Car park postcode: BT26 6TY. Please note, this postcode is not yet live on all search engines. Please alternatively follow the brown tourist signs on the A1.

Arrival time for visiting the castle

When you book a castle and gardens ticket, your booked time slot is your entry time for the castle. You can enter the gardens at any time on the day of your visit, from first admission at 10:00. 

The fastest route to the castle is to exit the Walled garden via the right corner gate and follow signage to the castle.

The Admissions Desk at the Stable Yard is open seasonally in line with Castle opening hours. Outside of these hours, ticketholders and members can gain access via the nearby Gatehouse.

Moving between the car park and the State Entrance

If you are visiting the castle, you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your booked time slot to allow sufficient time to make your way to the castle State Entrance.

Car parking

On-site parking

Free on-site car parking is available. The car park post code is BT26 6TY.

Follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.

It is not possible to access the car park via the entrance on The Square in Hillsborough Village. This is a pedestrian entrance only.

Disabled parking

27 parking spaces are available on site for for Blue Badge holders. 

Drop-off and collection points

Drop off and collection points for minibuses, coaches and taxis are located in the car park, accessible off the A1.

Download maps

A map of the entrance to the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park, showing the exit from the A1 for visitors travelling from the north or south.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park is accessible via the A1 (Hillsborough Road).

Site security

As you enter the site you will pass through our security area where bags searches are in operation.

Rucksacks, large bags and buggies are not allowed inside the castle but can be deposited in the lockers in the Stable Yard.

Small handbags are permitted inside the castle on the condition they may be searched before entering.

Cycle

There is a bicycle rack in the Pineapple Yard at the entrance to the visitor centre. This is situated by the main car park and can also be reached via the brown access gate at the bottom of the Moira Road.   

Public transport

Train

Lisburn station is 5 miles from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Bus route 38 connects Lisburn bus station and Hillsborough village. The pedestrian entrance to the gardens from The Square in Hillsborough village is open to members and pre-booked ticket holders only.

Moira station is 8 to 11 miles from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. For connecting bus routes, travel via Lisburn bus station.

Bus

The nearest bus stop is Hillsborough War Memorial.

Route 238 (to Newry) connects central Belfast to Hillsborough village. Services run every 20 minutes from Belfast Europa bus centre.

The pedestrian entrance to the gardens from The Square in Hillsborough village is open to members and pre-booked ticket holders only.

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Dads Go Free

Dads can enjoy the stunning gardens of Northern Ireland’s royal residence for free on Father's Day weekend 2024.

  • 15 - 16 June 2024
  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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Ante Room

Discover the heart of the castle, which provides access to some of the most important spaces.

  • Open weekends
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

  • Open weekends
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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