The Glen

Explore this intimate corner, full of colour and intriguing details

Explore this intimate corner, full of colour and intriguing details

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is a typical Victorian garden feature, which comes to life in spring and summer.

See colourful magnolias, camelias and rhododendrons, deciduous azaleas and spectacular Embothrium from early March to late May.

Then in summer the luxuriant ferns create a shady area to sit and listen to the stream — an ideal stop on your wander through the gardens on a sunny day.

The Grotto

Look out for the statue of Ossian and accompanying bench and stones in the Grotto, which together tell the story of legendary Irish poet Ossian and the castle's links to the Romantic movement and the Gaelic Revival.

The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
The bust of Ossian by Alexander Stoddard in the Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, in front of a green hedge
The Glen and statue of Ossian at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing the pergola in the distance surrounded by planting and bedding. An archway surrounds the frame of the image and there is a blue cloudy sky
Things to see

Enter the castle grounds through this 18th-century walled garden, which has been expertly restored using traditional methods.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

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A group of visitor enjoy a wander around the Granville Garden in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on a warm Summers Day. The open iron gates of the garden are visible in the foregrouns and a blue clouded sky above is in start contract to the bright green of Europe's largest rhododendron, also visible behind the garden.
Things to see

Take a moment in this elegant rose garden created by Lady Granville, aunt to Her Majesty The Queen.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

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A large lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens under a cloudy sky. Foliage from the surrounding trees and planting surrounds the water
Things to see

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees in the Lake and Pinetum.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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