From grand family home to charming royal residence, Hillsborough Castle has welcomed the world and witnessed pivotal chapters in politics.
|Guided Castle Tour & unguided Gardens access||Unguided Gardens access|
|Child under 5 years||Free||Free|
|Family (1 adult, up to 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs) ||£18.00||£12.00|
|Family (2 adults, up to 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs) ||£5.00||£15.00|
Top Reasons To Visit
- Beautiful 18th century mansion house
- Official residence of the Royal Family when in NI
- 100 acres of ornamental grounds
- Granville Garden has the largest rhododendron in Europe
- Group tours available throughout the year
Temporary Public Closure
Hillsborough Castle is currently closed to the public whilst Historic Royal Palaces undertake an ambitious programme of conservation and re-presentation. This historic castle and gardens will re-open on 1 July 2018 as a place of discovery, delight, and learning for visitors of all ages. Interested in making a group booking? Why not call or email now to book a guided tour for July 2018 and beyond, and be one of the first to see the transformation!
A tour of the Castle will take you through the State Rooms. The State Entrance promises a grand entrance, where all visiting dignitaries are formally welcomed to the Castle. Next door is the Anteroom which today is where members of the royal family and visiting dignitaries sign the visitors' book.
The Red Room is an intimate and opulent space often used as a small dining room, it looks out onto the Granville garden and what is arguably the largest rhododendron in Europe. The elegant State Dining Room continues to be the main dining room at the Castle since it was first built in 1788 and has been the scene of many feasts and banquets.
You'll also visit the glamorous Throne Room, the ceremonial heart of the Castle, as well as the relaxing State Drawing Room and Lady Grey's Study, used by the royal family for private entertaining.
Castle tours will resume from 1 July 2018.
Hillsborough Castle's glorious gardens are a joy to explore. From ornamental grounds to peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens, there are over 100 spectacular acres to discover.
Don't miss the tranquil Lady Alice's Temple, where several Secretaries of State found welcome respite from the pressures of politics; here you'll enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens.
Other highlights include Europe's largest rhododendron, Yew Tree Walk, Moss Walk, Ice House, Pinetum, a Quaker Burial Ground and the beautiful Granville Garden created by HM The Queen's aunt Lady Granville in the 1940s and 50s. The formal gardens include the Jubilee Parterre which was re-designed to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
These special gardens are a delight to the senses throughout the seasons and offer countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.
Entry to the Castle includes unguided access to the grounds.
Garden access will resume from 1 July 2018.
- From July – September 2018, tours will run daily from 10am – 4pm every hour, on the hour
- From October 2018 – March 2019, tours will run Wednesday – Sundays from 10am – 3pm every hour, on the hour.
Castle tours include self-guided access to the gardens.
Gardens unguided access
- The gardens will be open daily in July – September 2018 between 9.30am – 5pm
- The gardens will be open daily in October 2018 – March 2019 between 9.30am – 4pm.
Last admission is an hour before closing.