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Tickets and prices

Book tickets online

Book tickets online

Gardens-only tickets

Please pre-book your ticket and time slot online before you visit. You can also purchase tickets on the day at our ticket office. You will not be able to enter the gardens without a valid ticket. The duration of your visit is not restricted in any way. Pets are not permitted within the castle, gardens, or café unless they are registered assistance pets.

A gardens-only ticket includes:

  • Entry to 100 acres of world-famous royal gardens including including our Imaginary Menagerie play trail, the 18th-century Walled Garden, the Granville Garden, Lady Alice's Temple and the Lost Garden
  • Free car parking and full access to the castle shop, cafe, wifi and onsite visitor facilities

Information for Gardeners' World card holders.

Ticket type No donation With donation


entry to all 6 palaces from £55 per year




age 18-64




age 5-15 (must be accompanied by an adult)




age 65+, 16-17, full-time student



Child under 5 years

(no ticket required)






Your donation helps

Historic Royal Palaces is the self-funding charity that cares for the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. We ask for an optional 10% donation towards our charitable work when you buy your ticket. 

You can make your donation go further by ticking the Gift Aid box when completing your purchase. Historic Royal Palaces will be able to claim an extra 25% of the value of your ticket at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting us.

Castle and gardens tickets for group visits

Group visits are available for both combined Castle and Garden tickets or Gardens-only tickets.

Email to book castle and garden group tickets

How to get tickets you've bought online

For tickets purchased online, you can choose from the following two delivery options:

Receive tickets by email or print at home

  1. Click the link in the email that we’ll send you and print out all your tickets or
  2. Download your PDF ticket to your mobile to show at the entrance.

If you are not able to download your e-tickets using the link in your confirmation email, please show your reference number which begins 421xxxxxxxx to the ticket desk when you arrive and staff on site will be able to print your tickets for you.

How to book a carer ticket

Visitors are entitled to bring an accompanying carer free of charge. Complimentary adult carer tickets can be obtained on the day of your visit upon presentation of proof of registered disability (such as a Blue Badge, Freedom Pass, DLA letter or PIP letter).

Adult carer/companion tickets are available to book online for visits.

Only one carer ticket can be added per booking but each disabled visitor can bring one person with them free of charge as a carer/companion. If your party requires more than one carer ticket, please book your paid tickets online and email [email protected] with your booking reference number and all proof of need. We will be happy to reserve the additional carer tickets for your party at no extra cost.


  • Things to see

The Gardens

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

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10:00-16:00 (last entry 15:00)
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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Gardeners' World 2-for-1 Tickets

Explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens at Hillsborough Castle, with your Gardeners' World 2-for-1 card.

  • 07 April 2023 - 05 April 2024
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket
Learn more
  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art