Opening and closing times

Information on seasonal hours and planned closures

Information on seasonal hours and planned closures

Opening times

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is open daily, including bank holidays, except 24-26 December.


Summer (01 April - 30 October)

09:30-18:00
Last admission - 17:00


Winter (31 October - 31 March)

09:30-16:00
Last admission - 15:00

Christmas late opening

On 14-15 December, and between 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, last entry will be at 16:00 and the site will close at 17:00 (closed 24-26 December).

Planned closures

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a functioning royal residence and may occasionally have to close at short notice. Planned closures will be listed here.

  • 19 October 2019: last tour will take place at 12:00
  • 01 December 2019: castle closed (gardens open as normal)
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 combined castle tour and gardens tickets (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)