Tickets for Hillsborough Castle & Gardens + Guided Tour

Tour a historic castle and wander the gardens

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Overview
Opening hours
Gardens
Today:  09:30 - 18:00
Tomorrow:  09:30 - 18:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 18:00
Friday:  09:30 - 18:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 18:00
Sunday:  09:30 - 18:00
Monday:  09:30 - 18:00
Duration
Guided tours: about 45 minutes
Highlights
  • 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
Description

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.

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Ticket features
Smartphone tickets accepted
Instant ticket delivery
What's included
Guided tour of the castle
Self-guided access to the gardens
Instructions
  • 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)
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket
Venue
Address
Hillsborough Castle
The Square, BT26 6AG, Belfast
Key info
Live guide
English speaking
Wheelchair accessible
Castle: fully accessible. Gardens: some paths are unsuitable. Guide dogs are allowed into the grounds
Additional info

Getting There

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.

Reviews
Jul 21, 2019
Stunning interiors and magnificent gardens. The facilities were excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. A lovely way to spend a Sunday or any other day, no matter the weather.
Jul 19, 2019
Informative tour of the castle and beautiful setting. A lovely day out!
Jul 17, 2019
Great value for money
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
Jul 16, 2019
The gardens and surroundings are exceptional and a must visit. The guide of the castle was very informative and staff ever willing to offer advice and insight.
I would highly recommend a visit to Hillsborough Gardens and when there take in the guided tour excellent value for money
Jul 15, 2019
It was terrific house and gardens but was a long walk to start of tour and we missed our slot. We were not offered a lift up to house even though we had 2 older people with us. The lady was terrific was the guy thought he was right and we weren’t and lady said teething issues and apologised and said would take it on board and we had a lovely visit after that. Walk was 15 to 20 mins from where we checked Into
Jul 15, 2019
Beautiful gardens Very colourful.The planting and colours very w ell t bought. Out.I visited on a very hot day so the castle tour was very warm & uncomfortable.However it was very interesting & the guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about her job
Jul 15, 2019
Yes definitely. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and we found the house tour very interesting. The facilities are excellent also. It was a great day out all told. Thank you all very much.
Jul 12, 2019
Very enjoyable day out. Beautiful gardens
Jul 2, 2019
Great tour
Feb 13, 2019
A great visit to the castle and a wonderful informative tour guide named Elizabeth.
Wish I could have seen more of the castle as only a number of rooms open to the public

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