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Midsummer Concert at Hillsborough Castle

A Celebration of Summer with The Clare Chorale

A Celebration of Summer with The Clare Chorale

The Clare Chorale, a popular mixed-voice choir based in Ballyclare, will bring a celebration of summer to Hillsborough Castle this year.

Enjoy music in the Heart of the Castle

Join the specially created programme of choral music, poetry and reflections, including the new Coronation Anthem, ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The performance will take place in the grand Throne Room, the ceremonial heart of the Castle.

Experience the State Rooms 

Enjoy a free-roam drinks reception in the castle's majestic State Rooms on arrival. Our expert Hosts will be on-hand to answer your questions and share their knowledge of the castle’s often surprising history and fascinating contents, including over 240 paintings that adorn the walls of this working royal residence.


Friday 21 June 2024

19:00 - 21:00 (Performance starts at 19:45)

Ticketing Information

The castle is accessible for visitors with disabilities and onsite parking is available for ticket holders. Please see below for further information.

£35.00 per adult (age 18-64)

£28.00 per concession (age 65+)

Members pay £28.00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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The Clare Chorale Biography

The Clare Chorale originally formed in 2003 when former Ballyclare High School pupils, who had taken part in the School concerts held in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, decided to continue singing on a regular basis.

Director and former pupil, Sheelagh Greer, has lead the choir since that time and the Choir gained a reputation for both quality and breadth of music which is reflected in the increasing number of engagements at venues throughout the province and beyond. This includes The Grand Hall at Stormont, The Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Bradford Cathedral in West Yorkshire, St Columba Church in Ayr Scotland, and many other venues throughout the province and beyond.

Access Information

Disabled Access:

  • If you are a disabled badge holder, please call our events team no later than 48 hours prior to the event to arrange on-site parking at the venue.
  • Vehicle registration must be provided. Our events team can be contacted Monday-Friday, 09:00 – 17:00 on 028 9268 1342.


  • Onsite parking for ticket holders is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the Forecourt off Main Street in Royal Hillsborough (just opposite the Plough Inn pub).
  • Alternatively, please find local parking in Royal Hillsborough. Nearby options include Ballynahinch Street Car Park, which is free of charge from 18:00 and only a short, uphill walk from the castle’s entrance off Main Street.


  • Things to see
  • Tours and talks

The Castle

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

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Things to see

State Dining Room

Explore this stylish setting for Georgian entertainment, where Queen Elizabeth II hosted dinners.

  • Open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Garden Workshops

Join our expert gardeners in workshops and explore Hillsborough Castle's historic gardens.

  • Until 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’

Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art