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Spring Spectacular

Witness half a million bulbs in bloom

Witness half a million bulbs in bloom

See the gardens of Northern Ireland’s royal residence erupt in spectacular colour as Spring Spectacular returns for 2024. Be dazzled by over half a million bulbs in bloom. 

Spring will erupt in a riot of colour in the 100 acre royal gardens. Following 2023’s stunning inaugural event, this year will see even more diversity. 76 different varieties will spring to life, of which 32 are new to the gardens. Daffodils and crocuses will mark the emergence of the gardens from winter, handing over to tulips and camassia later in the spring. Don’t miss admiring the large selection of rare Northern Irish daffodils. 

A gentle springtime walk amongst the blooms is the perfect way to relax with friends and families. Stroll through the varied blooms and savour the tranquillity, then treat yourself to a delicious drink or morsel from the café.


09 March – 06 May 2024

In line with gardens opening hours

Ticket Information

Members and under 5s go free.

Please note, blooms are subject to the lottery of the weather and can’t be guaranteed.

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

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Spring Spectacular, showing visitors admiring the blossoming trees.
Yew Tree Walk (with Lady Alice Temple in background) showing a couple exploring the grounds.
Spring Spectacular, showing visitors admiring the carpet of daffodils.

There are also plenty of events on offer throughout the spring, whether you are a gardening guru or just interested in learning something new. On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, the Courthouse will play host to the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Spring Daffodil Show as part of the World Daffodil Convention, in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Daffodil Group.

From March to May, take part in a series of garden workshops and create your own seasonal bouquet or plant flowers and vegetables under expert guidance from our gardens team. Want to know more about the gardens? Join a walk led by our talented gardeners, with each tour exploring a different area of the gardens. 

Treat your mum to a handtied bouquet workshop for Mothering Sunday, or join traditional storytelling and music for St. Patrick's Day

Return to see the gardens evolve throughout the spring as different bulbs bloom. Save with membership and enjoy unlimited visits to the magnificent palace and gardens all year round. Become a member today.


Spring Spectacular, showing visitors enjoying the grounds and gardens.


  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Garden Workshops

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

  • 28 March - 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Families

St. Patrick’s Day Music & Storytelling Sessions

This St. Patrick’s Day, listen to traditional Irish tales and music with renowned storyteller Eamonn Keenan and musician Aodan MacSeafriadh.

  • 16 March 2024
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Garden walks and tours

Join us on guided walks and tours at Hillsborough Castle's gardens and discover the history behind their beautiful plants and flowers.

  • 13 March - 15 May 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.00
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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