Hillsborough courthouse was originally a market house and built before 1765. From 1810, this splendid Georgian building was used as a courthouse with the Grand Jury meeting in the upper room from around that time.
In 1760, Wills Hill built a market house (the Central Arcade block) with the aim of attracting linen manufacturers to the area. In 1810, the North and South Wings were added. The South Wing was used as an open market hall and the North Wing housed a courtroom, which was operational until 1986 and now houses a display on the Irish Legal System.
Hillsborough Tourist Information Centre is located in the building, which is also used for craft fairs, book fairs, art exhibitions, conferences and wedding receptions.
- Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm
- Exhibition 9.30am – 5pm.
Directions to Hillsborough Courthouse
From Lisburn, take the M1 countrywise to next exit for Sprucefield. Take the A1 Belfast to Dublin Road and approaching the Hillsborough Roundabout take the slip road to Hillsborough. Drive through to the far end of Hillsborough to The Square. Hillsborough Courthouse is on the right hand side of the road.