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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

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The Square, Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6GT

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  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

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• The outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens are now open Thursday - Sunday
• £9.90 per person (Gardens only tickets)
• You must pre-book your ticket.
• The Castle will reopen on 30 July. 

On a 45-minute tour of the elegant Georgian castle, in the charming village of Hillsborough, County Down, you follow in the footsteps of world leaders, through plush and lovingly restored State Rooms including the Throne Room, State Drawing Room, Lady Grey’s Study, State Dining Room, Red Room and Stair Hall.

There are many layers of stories here, and your guide will share hundreds of years’ worth of tales, about celebrations, entertainment, diplomacy and negotiations. Standing in these rooms, where pivotal decisions have been made, you get a true sense of Hillsborough Castle’s importance.

History aside, this is a working royal residence which has hosted members of the Royal Family as a ceremonial and personal base since 1922. It’s an intimate glimpse behind the scenes of a real royal household.

There’s the magnificent Throne Room where, in 1953, the Queen received guests at a ball to celebrate her coronation, and it's still used for ceremonies today. The sumptuous Red Room, with paintings by famous artists lining the red silk-covered walls, is where the Queen met Irish President Mary McAleese in 2005 – the first time the two heads of state had met on the island of Ireland.

Outside, you’ll find stunning gardens dating back to the 1760s. There are ornate formal gardens, tranquil woodland, and beautiful meadows. The Walled Garden features crop rotations, an apple orchard and seasonal produce which often finds its way onto the menu at the delicious Hillsborough Castle Café.

Here, in the ever-changing and ever-evolving gardens, you get a real sense of new life and new chapters for this important castle.

Hillsborough’s story, and its history, continues to be written.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Sundays

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount
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Opening Times

Summer (1 Apr 2020 - 30 Oct 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00
Winter (31 Oct 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00
Bank Holiday09:30 - 16:00

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