- This palace, still in use today, is a beautiful late Georgian mansion. Your ticket includes a guided tour!
- Explore 40 hectares of stunning gardens, developed in the 1700s, at your own pace
- The controversial - and significant - Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 was signed here in the Throne Room
Looking for a trip outside of Belfast? Visit Hillsborough Castle, the Georgian mansion from the 1770s. It's used today by the British Royal Family when they're visiting Northern Ireland. And, for a day, it can be visited by you too! Ogle at the throne and other trappings of royalty, explore 40 hectares of gardens, and get a guided tour of the castle!
If Queen Elizabeth is still turning down your requests to have tea at Buckingham Palace, here's your chance to step foot in another real working palace.
Built in the 1770s, Belfast's Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the Royal Family, whenever they're visiting Northern Ireland! And the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - the Queen's rep in N.I. - lives here year-round.
Explore this late Georgian mansion with a tour guide and visit the elegant State Rooms, the graceful Drawing Room, and even the regal Throne Room.
When you find the pressures of royal life to be too much, take a self-guided walk through the 40 hectares of beautiful gardens. Since the 1760s these tranquil lawns, waterways, and wooded areas have been a welcome getaway for heavy-crowned heads.
- Show your smartphone ticket at the admission desk in either The Square, Hillsborough (entrance from the town) or the Weston Pavilion (entrance from the car park)
- You can enter the gardens from 09:30. Access to the castle will be only at the selected timeslot
- Make sure to arrive at the admission desk 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour (it is recommended to arrive on site 45 minutes before the starting time)
- Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
- Changes may be possible for this ticket
Bus: Line 238 from Belfast Europa Bus Centre, direction Newry - get off at the War Memorial, Hillsborough stop. Buses leave regularly and the journey takes about 35 minutes. From the bus stop, it's a 5-minute walk to Hillsborough Castle.
A free car park is available on-site and is well signposted from the A1.
Excellent parking, especially the accessible parking
Gardens superb and very well kept, house very interesting
Plenty of staff around the grounds all friendly and helpful
Cafe was very good too, all around a great day out
I would highly recommend a visit to Hillsborough Gardens and when there take in the guided tour excellent value for money
Wish I could have seen more of the castle as only a number of rooms open to the public