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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Main Street, Royal Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6AG


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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.

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

**** Opening Times 20/21*****

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is open Thursday -Sunday 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00) until 26 September 2021.  Thereafter the Castle will close until 2 April 2022.

Gardens: Thursday - Sunday 10:00-17:00 (Last admission: 16:00) until 26th September; then Thursday-Sunday 10:00-16:00 (last admission: 15:00)

Hillsborough Cafe is open (located at the Weston Pavillion adjacent to the Walled Garden, easily accessible from the A1).  Stable Yard Shop & Tea Room remain closed until further notice. 

*****Castle and Garden Tickets******

Castle and Garden tickets £14.20 per person (members free)

Gardens only tickets £9.90 per person. (members free)

Other ticket prices and combinations are available: Tickets and prices | Hillsborough Castle and Gardens | Historic Royal Palaces (

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 our Getting here page (Getting here | Hillsborough Castle and Gardens | Historic Royal Palaces ( on our website for more information).




  • 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
Image is of the Lady Alice Temple with surrounding foliage

Guide Prices

To enable us to meet social distancing guidelines, we have had to reduce the number of visitors on site at any one time. Please pre-book your ticket and an arrival time slot online before you visit.
Castle and Garden tickets £13.70 per person (members free)
Gardens only tickets £9.90 per person. (members free)

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Opening Times

* Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is open Thursday -Sunday, including bank holidays, except 24-26 December.

Summer - Castle and Gardens 1st April - 27th September, Thursday - Sunday 10;00-17:00 (Last admission: 16:00)

Winter - Gardens only 28th September - 31st March, Thursday - Sunday (Last admission: 15:00)

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Directions from Town:Situated just off Main Street in Hillsborough.

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