Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
For free on-site parking, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.
A park and ride service will operate during peak periods. Further details will be listed here if this service is in operation.
If you have booked a tour you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your tour to allow sufficient time to park and make your way to the castle state entrance where the tours start.
Where possible, we aim to give notice of local events that may disrupt your travel to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. If you are visiting on the dates listed below it is advised you check in advance for travel advice.
Free car parking is available on site and is accessible via the A1. For the car park, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.
Car park opening hours:
It is not possible to access the car park via the entrance on Main Street in Hillsborough Village.
27 parking spaces are available on site for for Blue Badge holders.
Drop off and collection points for minibuses, coaches and taxis are located in the car park, accessible off the A1.
All tours start from the State Entrance of the castle. If you are arriving via the car park, you should aim to arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your tour to allow sufficient time to park and make your way to the castle.
The fastest route to the castle is to exit the Walled garden via the left corner gate and follow signage to the castle.
A people mover will be in operation to assist you in moving from the Pineapple Yard to the State Entrance. Spaces are limited and priority will be given to those with accessibility needs.
To arrange this service please speak to a member of staff upon arrival.
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. Upon entry to the castle you can also store bags in a secure bag drop facility.
Small handbags are permitted inside the castle on the condition they may be searched before entering.
There are currently no bicycle racks in Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park or Hillsborough Village.
Lisburn station - 5 miles from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Bus route 38 connects Lisburn bus station and Hillsborough castle.
Moira station - 8 to 11 miles from Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. For connecting bus routes, travel via Lisburn bus station.
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.