Hillsborough Fort

Uncover the origins of the Hill family

Uncover the origins of the Hill family

Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.



Ticketing information

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

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'.

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.
Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a tour of Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

A young teenage girl and her younger sister smile as they view a replica of a silver tiara studded with diamonds, on a red display cushion.
Tours and talks

Uncover the stories behind guests of Hillsborough Castle, on this fun tour designed with families in mind.


Hillsborough Castle

11:30 or 14:30

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

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


Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

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