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Spring Spectacular at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, Royal Hillsborough, County Down, BT26 6AG
An image of Hillsborough Castle with daffodils in the garden

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See the gardens of Northern Ireland’s royal residence erupt in spectacular colour as Spring Spectacular returns for 2024. Be dazzled by over half a million bulbs in bloom. 

Spring will erupt in a riot of colour in the 100 acre royal gardens. Following 2023’s stunning inaugural event, this year will see even more diversity. 76 different varieties will be spring to life, of which 32 are new to the gardens. Daffodils and crocuses will mark the emergence of the gardens from winter, handing over to tulips and camassia later in the spring. Don’t miss admiring the large selection of rare Northern Irish daffodils. 

A gentle springtime walk amongst the blooms is the perfect way to relax with friends and families. Stroll through the varied blooms and savour the tranquillity, then treat yourself to a delicious drink or morsel from the café.

There are also plenty of events on offer throughout the spring, whether you are a gardening guru or just interested in learning something new. On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, the Courthouse, Main Street, Royal Hillsborough will play host to the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Spring Daffodil Show as part of the World Daffodil Convention, in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Daffodil Group.  The Show Opens both days between 1pm and 5pm.  

From March to May, take part in a series of garden workshops and create your own seasonal bouquet or plant flowers and vegetables under expert guidance from our gardens team. 

Special events will also be taking place in the gardens to mark Mothering Sunday and May Day, as well as traditional storytelling and music for St. Patrick's Day. 

Return to see the gardens evolve throughout the spring as different bulbs bloom. Save with membership and enjoy unlimited visits to the magnificent palace and gardens all year round.

 

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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Royal HillsboroughExplore Northern Ireland's royal residence, where worlds and minds meet. Relax in 100 acres of picturesque gardens, explore the State Rooms still used today and indulge in delicious food and drink in our café.

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Season (9 Mar 2024 - 6 May 2024)

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