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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)

A middle-aged couple walk through the State Entrance Hall whilst other visitors explore behind them. The room features a stone-tiled floor with painted-effect stone walls. Large oil paintings and portraits in gold frames hang on the surrounding walls.
Things to see

Start your tour in the magnificent state entrance, where royals, politicians and peacemakers all enter the castle.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

Portrait of Queen Victoria on a green background
Highlights Things to see

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Daily from 24 May 2019

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Two young girls look at a replica of a diamond silver tiara on a red display pillow in a historic room.
Things to see

Explore this stylish setting for Georgian entertainment, where Her Majesty The Queen still hosts dinners.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

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Visitors enjoying the State Drawing Room in Hillsborough Castle. A young couple are in the foreground sat on a 2-seater sofa, seemingly enjoying the views around them. The rest of the group are spread around the room; a HRP Explainer stands in the background.
Things to see

Discover contemporary Irish art from the collection of HRH The Prince of Wales in this elegant family space.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)

A lady stands in a Georgian room, looking around her at the gold-framed paintings adorning the Red Room. The walls are covered in deep red silk damask and a marble fireplace is visible. An older couple can be seen in the background, also looking at the paintings.
Things to see

Political history meets royal life and a spectacular collection of art, deep in the heart of Hillsborough Castle.

Open daily for castle tours

Hillsborough Castle

Included in castle tours (members go free)