History and Heritage
Explore history and heritage in Lisburn and Castlereagh.
A glorious example of Georgian architecture, Hillsborough Village is an explosion of colour, especially during the spring and summer months. It was named after Sir Arthur Hill, who built Hillsborough Fort in the area in 1650. Discover Hillsborough Courthouse, home to the Visitor Information Centre and an exhibition on the Irish Legal System, and Hillsborough Fort. The surrounding Hillsborough Forest of 200 acres of woodland and tranquil trails provides a peaceful setting for a stroll around the picturesque lake. Stop for a bite to eat in The Hillside, The Parson’s Nose or The Plough Inn – all dating from the 18th century.
Lisburn Cathedral and Castle Gardens
Once the site of Lisburn Castle, built in the 1620s, the 19th century gardens and 17th century terraces have recently been restored. The archaeological works carried out uncovered some significant historical artifacts such as a 17th century gazebo (summer house), terrace walls and a stone perron stairway. Take a tour to learn more about the history of Lisburn Castle and its gardens, and visit the nearby Lisburn Cathedral.
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
This award-winning museum is based in Lisburn’s oldest building, a former 17th century Market House. It brings to life the history of the Irish linen industry and its importance to Lisburn. Made from the stems of flax, a blue-flowered plant, linen has long been seen as a high-status cloth. Irish linen was famous worldwide, and visitors can admire dresses by Sybil Connolly, one of Ireland’s leading clothes designer. Her work was worn by Jackie Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth II. Free entry.
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland. The late Georgian mansion, built during the 1770s in Hillsborough Village, is the official residence of the Royal Family when they’re visiting Northern Ireland. The 96 acres of beautiful grounds surrounding the castle include ornamental gardens, woodlands and waterways. Look out for the statue of Ossian – a mythical warrior poet – just outside the main entrance, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial Ground and the Ice House. Please pre-book your ticket and time slot online before you visit. You can also purchase tickets on the day at our ticket office.
Find family fun in Lisburn and Castlereagh with these great attractions and things to do.
Dundonald International Ice Bowl
Perfect for rainy days, Dundonald International Ice Bowl offers a great family day out. Skate around the Olympic-sized ice rink, try tenpin bowling with a glow in the dark session of Xtreme Bowling, explore the Indiana Land indoor playground or test your head for heights at Ireland’s first Clip n Climb – a challenging series of climbing based activities.
High Rise Indoor Adventure Centre
Located just 10 minutes from Belfast and just off the M1 at Sprucefield, High Rise should be top of the list for anyone planning a family day out in Northern Ireland! High Rise is an exciting adventure centre offering a great day out for all the family, young and old, with attractions for all ages and abilities. High Rise is home to Northern Ireland’s largest Clip ‘n Climb indoor climbing arena and also has a soft play area for younger children.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
Boasting the largest leisure pool in Northern Ireland, and the longest waterslide in Ireland, there’s buckets of fun at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. Pack your swimming costume and bring the whole family to Aqualand for a session by the sunken pirate ship, water cannons and lazy river. Opening hours vary, including dedicated family sessions which last 90 minutes.
Sport and Adventure
Discover sport and adventure in Lisburn and Castlereagh.
We Are Vertigo
We Are Vertigo features one of Europe’s largest trampoline parks as well as an adventure centre, ski centre and spa, making it a thrilling day out. The ski centre offers people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard, while the adventure centre features an alpine themed play area, high ropes, climbing wall and soft play area. For adults, the spa offers an extensive range of luxurious treatments.
Castlereagh Hills Golf Course
Castlereagh Hills Golf Course overlooks idyllic views of Strangford Lough and County Down. The facility boasts a challenging 18-hole course and contemporary clubhouse with conference rooms, bar and fully licensed restaurant which is open to members and non-members. Visitors can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome and new club members are encouraged to apply.
Let’s Go Hydro
Let’s Go Hydro is Ireland’s largest aqua park and alternative accommodation resort. A beautiful and brilliantly designed resort with a relaxing yet enjoyable atmosphere, offering top-quality water sports facilities and accommodation just 10 minutes from Belfast city centre.
Walking Trails and Tours
Trails and tours within the Lisburn & Castlereagh area.
Walking Trails - Wallace Park
Located in the heart of Lisburn and covering 25 acres of mature parkland, Wallace Park is ideal for families, with an excellent children’s play area and a variety of gentle walks. The park was given to the town of Lisburn by its landlord, Sir Richard Wallace in 1884 as a public park and recreation ground. Originally known as the Peoples Park, it was renamed Wallace Park after Sir Richards death in 1890. It has largely retained its original layout and much of its Victorian character.
Cycle and Walking Trail - Lagan Valley Regional Park
Lagan Valley Regional Park is a mosaic of countryside, urban parks, heritage sites, nature reserves and riverside trails. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the countryside, pursue active sports such as cycling, running and canoeing, or to participate in more leisurely pursuits such as bird watching and walking. Discover historical locations such as Lester’s Dam, the Belvoir Motte and the Giants Ring, a Neolithic monument.
Hinch Distillery Tours
The Hinch Distillery sits in the heart of the County Down countryside. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about local distilling traditions on guided tours. Everything has been designed not only to produce world class whiskey and gin, but also to provide visitors an up-close view of the whole process.
Food & Drink
There are plenty of coffee shops located within Lisburn and Castlereagh. If you are looking for coffee on the go or want to sit down with the family, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Let’s Go Hydro is so much more than an exciting day out or a bed for the night! Whether you’re looking for mouth-watering sourdough pizza, boozy cocktails or you fancy making your own BBQ, we’ve got you covered. Head to The Sea Container Cafe for breakfast, lunch, ice cream or a strong coffee. Or try the HorseBox for a light bite. You could also call up to Pizza Boutique our licenced pizzeria, for amazing food, cocktails, Italian wine and some of the best views of the resort.
Within Castlereagh Hills Golf Club there is a fully licensed restaurant. Whether you call in for a quick drink or a relaxing meal, you will always be welcomed warmly by the staff. The restaurant’s menu is filled with appetising dishes, so you will have plenty of delicious options to choose from.