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Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Travel information for your visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
The Square
Hillsborough
BT26 6AG

On-site parking

For free on-site parking, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.

Park and ride facility

During busy periods, a park and ride facility will be in operation. Directions will be well sign posted on the A1.

We advise you arrive on site up to 45 minutes prior to your castle tour.

Travel disruption notices

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. 

  • No known events

Parking

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:

  • Summer (April – October) 
    09:30-18:00
  • Winter (November – March) 
    09:30-16:00

It is not possible to access the car park via the entrance on Main Street in Hillsborough Village.

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.

Downloads

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

Car park map Hillsborough Castle and Gardens map
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.

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. 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.

Moving between the car park and State Entrance

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.

Cycle

There are currently no bicycle racks in Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park or Hillsborough Village. 

Public transport

Train

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.

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.

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Tours and talks Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)