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In some places, the past feels very close. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is one of them. Northern Ireland has been and continues to be, shaped by the significant events that have happened here.
There are many layers of stories. As a contemporary Royal Residence, Hillsborough Castle showcases beautiful State Rooms and glorious gardens and gives an intimate glimpse behind the scenes into the personal living quarters of a working royal household. But there is more here than meets the eye, revealed on tours where expert household staff uncover fascinating stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy and negotiation that link the castle to Northern Ireland and the world.
Bursting with colour and features such as the historic Walled Garden and enchanting pinetum, 100 acres of wonder await in the castle’s gardens that delight the senses and the stir the spirit, offering countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.
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- Castle Tour – discover stories of celebration, entertainment and diplomacy on a 45 minute guided tour
- 18th-century walled garden - expertly restored using traditional methods
- 100 acres of gardens - discover ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens
- Two cafes on-site serving delicious fresh food and beverages
- Two beautiful gift shops from which to select a souvenir of your visit
- Explore the picturesque Hillsborough Village
Outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday - Sunday. The castle is open from July 30th.
Gardens and Estate
January - March 09:30-16:00
April – October 09:30–18:00
November – December 09:30-16:00
January - March 10:00-15:00
April – October 09:30–17:00
November – December 10:00–15:00
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Hillsborough BT26 6AG
T: +44 2892 681 300
Closed: 1 Dec 2019, Castle Closed, Gardens open as normal & 24 - 26 Dec 2019 Castle and Gardens Closed.
Last Entry: 2019, November - December last entry 15:00. 2020, January – March, last entry 15:00, April – October, last entry 17:00, November – December, last entry 15:00.
Approx Visit Duration: We recommend two hours for a visit including both the Castle tour and gardens. Visitors can easily spend much longer on-site and, by retaining their tickets, are welcome to leave the site to explore the village and re-enter later to continue their visit.
Admission rates vary
Other Useful Information
Guided Tours available in English but with advance notice also available in the following languages: Spanish, Italian, German and French. Deep interest and private tours also available advance notice is required.
Free paper guides available in English only.
Partially wheelchair accessible. Access to the Castle for the tour is all on the ground floor and is fully accessible. Sections of the gardens and estate are less accessible than others due to the natural and historic nature of the site. An accessibility map and leaflet is available at admissions to assist guests in choosing a suitable route.
Suitable for groups, private tours available. Min 15. Pre-booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
COPRORATE & INCENTIVE GROUPS
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Free car parking available onsite. For coach parking depending on the group, parking may be via the main car park on the A1, or within Hillsborough village at a location closer to the Castle entrance.
Two cafes onsite. One 120 seat café at the Weston Pavillion (near car park and admissions area/gift shop), and a second café at the Stable Yard, adjacent to the Castle. Hot and cold drinks, salads, sandwiches, hot food and a delicious selection of pastries and traybakes. Opening hours in line with gardens access.
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is located just 30 minutes from Belfast city centre accessible from the A1 that runs from Lisburn to Newry and on to Dublin. Approximately an hour and a half from Dublin by car or coach. Access is via the car and coach park directly off the A1 and is signposted on the approach from both Belfast and Dublin.
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