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Granville Garden

Take a moment in this elegant rose garden created by Lady Granville, aunt to HM The Queen

Take a moment in this elegant rose garden created by Lady Granville, aunt to HM The Queen

The Granville Garden is named after its creator, Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon, who was aunt to Queen Elizabeth II and wife of the Earl of Granville, the second Governor of Northern Ireland.

Lady Granville loved gardening and spent years developing this elegant garden on the west lawn during the 1940s and 1950s.

Today, you can enjoy the wonderful fragrance in spring and summer, when beds full of beautiful roses come into bloom.

Beautiful summer planting

In the centre of the garden are hybrid tea roses, surrounded by frames supporting climbing and rambling roses.

The rest of the Granville Garden is made up of bountiful herbaceous borders, which include oriental poppies, peonies and irises.

When

In line with castle opening hours


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A garden fit for a queen

As young princesses, Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Princess Margaret would visit their aunt and uncle at Hillsborough Castle.

The Queen first stayed with Lord and Lady Granville in 1945 and liked to see the Granville Garden during her visits.

Overlooking the Granville Garden is the State Dining Room, where The Queen would hosts dinners. From her seat at the dining table in front of the fireplace, she had a direct line of sight into the Granville Garden.

Two male visitors look at white flowers in a lush green garden under a blue sky in the summer.

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

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Walled Garden

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

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The Gardens

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

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