Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Where to find us
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Car park postcode: BT26 6HR. Please copy this postcode into your Sat Nav to direct you to the Car Park and Admissions.
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 left corner gate and follow signage to the castle.
Stable Yard Admissions will be open from 01 April – 30 September 2023 and will follow the same opening hours as the estate.
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.
Free on-site car parking is available. The car park post code is BT26 6HR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Things to see
Explore a magical festive trail as Raymond Briggs' classic comes to Hillsborough Castle.
- 18 November 2023 - 07 January 2024
- In line with gardens opening hours
- Hillsborough Castle
- Included in gardens admission (members go free)
- For members
Wrap up warm and join us for a selection of traditional Christmas carols and a warm drink under the stars. Celebrate Christmas and spread the festive cheer. Invitation warmly extended to volunteers and staff.
- 14 December 2023
- Hillsborough Castle