Explore the stunning gardens that surround the castle
Hillsborough Castle's glorious gardens are bursting with colour and are a joy to explore. Discover ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens at Northern Ireland's royal residence.
The historic gardens, which were developed from the 1760s onwards, offer intriguing contrasts between ornate formal gardens, woodland and meadows.
Keep an eye out for specimen trees and rare plants as you explore the grounds.
On arrival, don't forget to pick up your copy of our Garden Explorer map which reveals more of the gardens' unique features, including the Walled Garden, Yew Tree Walk, Moss Walk, the Lake and Lady Alice's Temple.
These special gardens are a delight to the senses throughout the seasons and offer countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.
Wednesday - Sunday10:00-16:00 (last entry 15:00)
Parts of the gardens may be difficult to access by visitors with restricted mobility. Read our Access information
Included in all admission tickets (members go free)Buy Hillsborough Castle and Gardens tickets
Hillsborough Palace Gardens in the autumn, looking along an earth pathway leading through trees.
The Walled Garden and Pavilion with the Coronation Bench.
The Imaginary Menagerie - garden play trail.
Honey bee in the garden
Moss Walk, leading to Lady Alice's Temple
Yew Tree Walk
Lady Alice’s Temple
Don't miss the tranquil Lady Alice's Temple, where former resident Secretary of State Mo Mowlem once found welcome respite from the pressures of politics.
The temple was given as a wedding gift to Lady Alice Hill by her brother, the 5th Marquess of Downshire in 1867.
Take a seat and relish the tranquility as you enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens.
Yew Tree Walk
This picturesque path is the route of the original road to Moira which passed in front of the house and into The Square. It was enclosed during the mid 1800s and is now named after the paired Irish Yew trees that line the path.
It offers outstanding views of the nearby Lady Alice's Temple.Learn more about Lady Alice’s Temple
The beautiful Granville Garden was created in the 1940s and 1950s by Queen Elizabeth II's aunt, Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon. Lady Rose was the wife of the Earl of Granville, the second Governor of Northern Ireland.
As young princesses, Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Princess Margaret would visit their aunt and uncle here at Hillsborough Castle.Learn more about the Granville Garden
Take a wander alongside the beautiful Moss Walk, framed under a canopy of lime trees.
This stunning area of the gardens has recently had new paths incorporated to follow the original historic layout from the 1770s and is a beautiful photo spot throughout the seasons.
The estate is very large and spans over 1km from the Pineapple Yard to the State Entrance. Distance information has been included on the directional signs in the gardens.
Due to the natural terrain of the gardens, some paths are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. Some paths have steps and steep slopes that will become slippery in wet weather.
Step-free routes and ramps are available in both the Pineapple Yard and the Stable Yard. A step-free route between the Walled Garden and State Entrance is clearly marked on-site.Accessibility at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Read more about the gardens
- Things to see
Explore a magical festive trail as Raymond Briggs' classic comes to Hillsborough Castle.
- 18 November 2023 - 07 January 2024
- In line with gardens opening hours
- Hillsborough Castle
- Included in gardens admission (members go free)
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