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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.
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 (hrp.org.uk)) on our website for more information).
- Guide dogs permitted
- Open Sundays
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- COVID-19 measures in place
- Accept coach parties
- All major credit/debit cards accepted
Travel & Trade
- Family Discount
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)