Inside the castle

Explore the history of this elegant and intriguing Georgian house

Explore the history of this elegant and intriguing Georgian house

Updated 28 September: our gardens remain open while the castle is closed for the winter. Find out how we're keeping you safe on your visit.

When

Closed for winter


Ticketing information

The Castle opens at 10.30. Please be at the State Entrance at the time stated on the ticket. It is advisable that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your timeslot starts, to allow sufficient time to make your way from the Lower Visitor Centre, through the gardens and to the Castle State Entrance.

Entrance to the castle is free for Historic Royal Palaces Members. These can be booked in advance by logging in to the Membership Portal to choose your preferred tour time.


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

Buy Hillsborough Castle and Gardens tickets

Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as you explore  Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history and stunning State Rooms.

Access is to the State Rooms that make up this elegant Georgian home; including the grand Throne Room, relaxing State Drawing Room, Lady Grey's Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall. Our expert Explainers will also be on hand to share details of the historic rooms.

You can also explore 100 acres of beautiful gardens, which are also included in your ticket, to complete a relaxing day out for the whole family.

Northern Ireland's royal residence

From grand family home to charming royal residence, Hillsborough Castle has welcomed the world and witnessed pivotal moments in history for over three hundred years. 

The castle is the official Northern Ireland residence of HM The Queen. Leading members of the Royal Family have regularly visited Northern Ireland since 1922, using Hillsborough as their ceremonial and personal base.

It's also been home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s and has played a central role in the peace-building process for 40 years.

 

 

 

 

State Drawing Room with wooden floor and a variety of persian rugs and furniture from the Royal Collection. A variety of Irish art hangs on the sunny yellow walls. Marble-like pillars frame the room.
View of Red Room - walls adorned with silk red damask. Walls covered with gold-framed paintings. A Waterford Crystal chandelier hangs above a small round mahogany table.
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A WorldHost Recognised Destination

Historic Royal Palaces is dedicated to giving all our visitors the care and attention they deserve. We’re delighted that Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a WorldHost Recognised Destination.

Gardener walking through the Walled Garden
Things to see

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

Open

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Her Majesty The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

Closed for winter

Hillsborough Castle

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

A lady stands in a Georgian room, looking around her at the gold-framed paintings adorning the Red Room. The walls are covered in deep red silk damask and a marble fireplace is visible. An older couple can be seen in the background, also looking at the paintings.
Things to see

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

Closed for winter

Hillsborough Castle

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

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