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Hillsborough Castle Special Interest Tours

Delve into specialist themes at Northern Ireland's Royal Residence

Delve into specialist themes at Northern Ireland's Royal Residence

Do you have a special interest or want to delve deeper into Hillsborough Castle's unique history? Join our specially themed guided castle tours, with dates throughout the year.

You may even be lucky enough to access behind-the-scenes areas in the castle not usually seen by visitors.

Our Special Interest tours last 60 minutes.

Book your tickets today to secure your exclusive slot.

When

Selected dates in April 2024

60 minutes

Ticketing information

Pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Members go free.


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ART TOUR

12 and 13 April

From Reubens to Ramsey and Lely to Lavery, Hillsborough Castle is a place to see great art. Our expert guide will lead you through Hillsborough’s treasures including unique works from the Royal Collection and other major lenders on display for the first time in Northern Ireland.

Wide shot of Lady Grey's Study featuring the Preparing the Peace art work install at Hillsborough Castle in 2023.
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.

LGBTQ+ TOUR

19 and 20 April 

Led by an expert guide, you will get to explore changing attitudes to sexuality and gender identity using stories from the Castle's past and the rich collection of objects and paintings on display. From royal relationships and public scandals to political activism and evolving attitudes, Hillsborough Castle's connection to LGBTQ+ lives has existed for centuries.

Politics Tour

26 and 27 April

Hillsborough Castle has a long history of playing host to political discussions, going all the way back to American Independence in the 1770s. Join our expert guides as we unpick the intimate and world-shaping discussions held here behind closed doors.

A young couple look at paintings in the Throne Room. The walls are lined with green silk damask and the paintings are hung in gold frames. Gold and grey details frame the walls and doors. A large rug covers the dark wooden floor.

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Join as a Historic Royal Palaces member today and visit Hillsborough Castle and Gardens time and again for free. Enjoy our season of unmissable events or simply return to see the seasons change.

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EXPLORE WHAT'S ON

  • Things to see

Lady Grey's Study

Discover this calm, cosy room and learn about the historic meetings that have taken place within its walls.

  • Group bookings only
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Walled Garden

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

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
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  • 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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