Explore this intimate corner, full of colour and intriguing details
Updated 2 July. Following guidance from the government, outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. The castle will re-open 30 July. Please read our visit information.
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.
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.
Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.