Hillsborough Fort

Uncover the origins of the Hill family

Uncover the origins of the Hill family


Closed indoors

Ticketing information

Hillsborough Fort lies outside the grounds of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

The Fort remains closed indoors but the surrounding green is open. 

A Hillsborough Castle and Gardens admission ticket includes access to 100 acres of beautiful gardens. Re-entry to the grounds is permitted for ticket holders. 


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Stroll through the town to discover Hillsborough Fort, the first home of the successful Hill family who gave their name to the town.

Constructed in the 17th century, the iconic fort is now nestled in picturesque parkland.

Built to protect the road leading from Carrickfergus to Dublin, the fort has been a place of power, play and pleasure for more than 400 years.

In 1837, the Fort was used to celebrate the marriage of Lord Hillsborough, eldest son of the third Marquess, Arthur Hill. Over 4,000 guests attended this astonishing event, which was reported in the Ulster Times as a ‘fête…almost without parallel in the kingdom'.

The Main Lawn. Showing shrubs in the foreground and trees seen across the lawn.
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Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

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