Walled Garden

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

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


  • Open daily

Ticketing information

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

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.

Opening in spring 2019, this wonderful and historical horticultural space will provide 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.

Of particular interest is the Espalier fruit trees growing on the surrounding wall of the garden, which were planted around 50 years ago and now produce masses of apples and pears.

Visitors of all ages will be able to learn how crops are grown on a historic site, and get inspiration for their own gardening projects.

Produce from the Walled Garden will also be used in the nearby café, so you will be able to enjoy seasonal produce from the gardens all-year-round.

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.

Throne Room with silk green damask walls, wooden floor and large rug. Two red and gold Chairs of State, or 'thrones' are situated at the far end of the room. Gold-framed paintings of landscapes adorn the walls and three large chandeliers hang above.
Things to see

Explore the ceremonial heart of the castle, where Her Majesty The Queen received guests at a coronation ball in 1953.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

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.

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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