Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle

Come and experience the 98 acres of beautiful gardens of Hillsborough Castle. The gardens were developed from the 1760s onwards, and offer the visitor a contrast of ornamental grounds, woodland, waterways, and lawns. The Castle itself, built in the 1770s, is a working royal palace that functions as the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and it has been the home of the Secretary of State since the 1970.

Facilities

Parking
Signage
Toilets

Opening Hours

Opening hours - March – October: Open Daily 09:30 – 18:00
November – February: Mon – Sat 09:30 – 16:30 (closed Sundays)
Last admission is one hour before closing.
(Please check www.hrp.org.uk/hillsborough before your visit for any closure dates.)

Charges

Access: 

Admission – £3.50 per person or £10.00 per family (2 adults/up to 4 children). Members of Historic Royal Palaces benefit from free access to the gardens daily all year round. Access to the house is not included. From February 2016, tickets will be available in advance via www.hrp.org.uk/hillsborough or on the day from Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre located in the Courthouse.

Parking: 

No charge

Getting There

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens are accessed via The Square, just off Main Street, Hillsborough. Parking is not available at the site itself, but on street parking is possible within the town or at two public car parks within the village (at the Northern end of Main Street or at Hillsborough Forest).

 

Walk Trails

Circular, 1.6 miles

Hillsborough Castle Boundary Trail. Enjoyable walk through the historic Hillsborough Castle Gardens.

Circular, 0.5, 1.5 miles

Hillsborough Forest - Lake Walk. Walks through mixed conifer forest and large lake.

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Contact

+44 (0) 28 926 81300

Location

Hillsborough Castle
The Square
Co.Down

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courtesy of
Big Lottery Fund Ulster Garden Villages
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