Walled Garden

An 18th-century kitchen garden, restored to its former glory

An 18th-century kitchen garden, restored to its former glory

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.



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The Walled Garden dates back to the 18th century and is a large, four-acre site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the castle.

Today, this wonderful horticultural space provides a stunning entrance to the castle grounds.

The site has been restored and re-presented to create a beautiful working and productive garden, complete with dipping pond, crop rotations, seasonal produce, herbaceous borders and an apple orchard.

Summer planting

Our Walled Garden is a delight for the senses in summer, when the beautiful blue nepeta, elegant irises and the soft muted palette of the herbaceous borders come into bloom.

Of particular interest are the Espalier fruit trees, some of which were planted over 100 years ago and include varieties such as the Pitmaston Duchess and Dr Jules Guyot.

Irish apple tree varieties such as Kilkenny Pearmain and Bloody Butcher provide interest at the top of the Walled Garden.

Enjoy seasonal produce from our historic garden

Autumn has arrived at Hillsborough Castle and our dedicated Walled Garden team are busy bringing in the harvest. See how this is done, and how the crops are used in the nearby Hillsborough Castle Café, in this short video.

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Video: Meet the Keeper of the Walled Garden

Meet Adam Ferguson, our Keeper of the Walled Garden, in this short film.

As part of the Hillsborough Castle Project completed in April 2019, Adam and his team have brought the garden to life with a new re-imagination of the planting and layout.

A lady and four young children walk down stone steps on the South Terrace towards the Jubilee Parterre. The South Façade of the Hillsborough Castle is visible in the background and a blue sky hangs above. The sun is shining brightly and highlights the nearby box-trimmed hedges and white flowers.
Things to see

Discover a charming formal garden and find out why the castle's 19th-century summer house is so unusual.


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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.


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Lady Alice's Temple, looking west across the terrace and pond. 

This domed temple was given as a wedding gift to Lady Alice Hill by her brother, the 5th Marquess of Downshire in 1867. A circular seat inside the temple sits behind a screen of Ionic columns.
Things to see

Take a seat in this 19th-century temple and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens.


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Historic Royal Palaces retail product - drinking glasses, books and deer cushion

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