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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Main Street, Royal Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6AG
  • Image is of the back of the castle and its lawns with wooden bench in view

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On your visit you will hear stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as you explore Hillsborough Castle's fascinating history and stunning State Rooms. From grand family home to charming royal residence, Hillsborough Castle has welcomed the world and witnessed pivotal moments in history for over three hundred years.  Home to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the 1970s, Hillsborough Castle has played a central role in the peace-building process for 40 years.

Hillsborough Castle's glorious gardens, developed from the 1760s onwards, are a joy to explore and include ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens. Keep an eye out for specimen trees and rare plants as you explore the grounds. These special gardens are a delight to the senses throughout the seasons and offer countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.  The Walled Garden produces fruit and vegetables that are served in our award-winning café.

Until September (2022) Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is joining in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a colourful, vibrant display of flowers in castle gardens. Creating a more intimate version of the Tower of London’s Superbloom, the display incorporates a specially designed seed mix, to celebrate the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth.


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  • Guide dogs permitted

Attraction Facilities

  • Open Sundays


  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount
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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£15.25 activity

To meet social distancing guidelines, the number of visitors on site at any one time has been reduced. Please pre-book your ticket and an arrival time slot online before you visit.

Castle and Garden tickets £15.25 per person (members free)
Gardens only tickets £10 per person. (members free) includes entry to 100 acres of world-famous royal gardens including including the Imaginary Menagerie play trail, the 18th-century Walled Garden, the Granville Garden, Lady Alice's Temple and the Lost Garden.

The Castle is easily accessible by wheelchair users; many garden paths are also wheelchair accessible.

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Opening Times

* Gardens only open: 5 January 2022 - 28 February 2022
Wednesday - Sunday: 10am to 4pm (last admission 3pm)

House Tours Admission: From Saturday 2nd April 2022

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Access: The Hillsborough Castle and Gardens village entrance/exit remains closed.  All access (other than by arrangement for visitors with access requirements) is via the Weston Pavilion (entrance just off the A1. 

Please check the Getting here page (Getting here | Hillsborough Castle and Gardens | Historic Royal Palaces ( on their official website for more information).

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