The Lake

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Take a wander down to the secluded lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, where the spectacular landscape of the grounds opens up to an expanse of picturesque waterways.

Follow walks and trails as you explore, taking in the hub 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.

Popular with the 18th-century landowner, the pathways and carriageways that surround the lake were designed to give the appearance of a much larger estate. Those 18th and 19th-century paths around the lake remain for you to enjoy.

The Lake, looking across a footpath.
The Lake. Showing a wooden outhouse on the far side of the Lake.
A large lake under a partially cloudy sky, with green trees and marsh land surrounding it
The South Terrace, looking south-east across the terrace flagstones towards the small topiary trees and summer shrubs. The Greek Temple is just seen through the castle portico in the background on the left of the image.
Things to see

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

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

09:30-18:00 (last admission is 17:00)

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Tours and talks Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

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