Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees
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.
Take a wander down to the secluded Lake and Pinetum at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, where a spectacular plantation of 19th-century conifers opens up to an expanse of picturesque waterways.
Look out for the flash of a blue kingfisher, goslings or even signets in this peaceful area.
Follow walks and trails as you explore, taking in the hum of wildlife that inhabits this quiet corner of the castle grounds.
This large, beautiful lake is fed by the stream that meanders through the gardens from the south-east, before flowing off towards Culcavy to the north-west.
Leading from the Lake is a mill race that feeds the hydro-electric turbine, which serves the electricity for the estate when it is running.
Popular with the 18th-century landowner, the pathways and carriageways around the Lake were constructed to give the appearance of a much larger estate. These original features remain for you to enjoy.
As you make your way around the Lake along the historic paths, look out for the Pinetum. This stand of majestic Sequoia and Sequoiadendron was planted in the 1870s.
Our team of expert gardeners continue to care for this area, adding new conifers and tending to the historic trees that have grown here for over 140 years.
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