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Gun salutes at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Experience A Gun Salute

206 (Ulster) Battery is an Army Reserve sub-unit, part of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery. The Battery, also known as the 'Ulster Gunners,' fire a gun salute.

The commemorative firings take place on the south terrace outside the castle drawing room. You will need a Gardens or Castle and Gardens ticket to watch the firing.

The gun salutes take place at 12.00 midday when 21 rounds will be fired at 10 second intervals from 3 guns.


06 May 2024

Ticket Information

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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About 206 (Ulster) Battery

206 (Ulster) Battery was formed in 1967 as part of 102 (Ulster and Scottish) Light Air Defence Regiment.

In 1990, the 102nd Regiment was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Newtownards followed by the freedom of Coleraine in 1992. Both honours have been passed down to 206 (Ulster) Battery as the only remaining subunit of the original Regiment.

In 2006, the Battery re-rolled from an Air Defence Battery to a Gun Battery and was equipped with four L118 Light guns (howitzers). The Battery has a headquarters and troop based in Newtownards and a second troop based in Coleraine. 

Members of 206 (Ulster) Battery have been mobilised in support of the Regular Army on a number of different operations though they also carry out ceremonial duties and are tasked to carry out Royal Salutes throughout the year.