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Hillsborough Running Festival 2024

5k, 10k, and half marathon races in beautiful surroundings

5k, 10k, and half marathon races in beautiful surroundings

Join us for this year’s Hillsborough Running Festival, in support of Northern Ireland Hospice, brought to you by RunThrough Events.

Experience the Scenic Castle Grounds

The 5k, 10k, and half marathon races are fit for all the family and will start within the beautiful grounds of Hillsborough Castle, before heading out into the surrounding forest and taking in historic attractions such as the iconic fort and picturesque lake.

The half marathon and 10k will then head out on to Ballynahinch Road before re-joining the route to finish in the castle grounds. Each mile is accurately marked out with distance flags and there will be plenty of marshals to keep you on track and encourage you all the way to the finish.

You’ll be rewarded with a well-earned unique themed medal at the finish line, along with free official event photos, chip time results and post-race goodies.


Sunday 28 July 2024

Ticketing Information

Separate ticket required, please visit RunThrough's website for details and purchase.

The races will start and finish in the gardens.

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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Runners of various ages are wearing runners fests and are running along a path lined with Yew Trees on a sunny day.


  • 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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  • Things to see

Hillsborough Fort

Uncover the origins of the Hill family in their first home in Hillsborough.

  • Closed indoors
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Free
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  • Things to see

The Lake

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees in this secluded section of the castle grounds

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