Opening times

Essential information on opening and closures.

Opening times

1 April - 1 October

Gardens for unguided access

Open Monday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
Last admission is at 16.00

Castle tours 

Tours run daily in July and Aug including Bank Holidays. 
Summer tour times: On the hour every hour from 10.00 - 16.00

From September 2017 castle tours run Thursday - Sunday and on Bank Holidays.
Tours are scheduled every hour on the hour from 10.00 - 15.00 Thursday - Friday and 10.00 - 16.00 Saturday - Sunday

Private group guided tours can be arranged throughout the year.


Hillsborough Castle is a working royal residence and sometimes has to close at short notice for official visits and private events. Please check for closures before your visit by calling 028 9268 1300.

Project closure

Our ambitious programme of conservation, re-presentation, and re-imagination will makes Hillsborough Castle and gardens a place for discovery, delight, and learning for visitors of all ages.

To allow our experts to carry out this transformation from 2 October the castle and gardens will be closed, re-opening on 1 July 2018 when this fascinating historic property will be ready to welcome visitors once again.