The Lake and Pinetum

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees

Explore an expanse of picturesque waterways and magnificent giant sequoia trees

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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.

An abundance of wildlife

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.

Landscaped waterways

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.

The Lake. Showing a wooden outhouse on the far side of the Lake.
The Lake, looking across a footpath.
The Lake at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a large stretch of water surrounded by green and orange trees under a cloudy sky
A general view of tall conifers in the Pinetum.

The Pinetum

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.

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 combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

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