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Tickets for Hillsborough Castle & Gardens + Guided Tour

Tour a historic castle and wander the gardens

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Overview
Opening hours
Gardens: 10:00 - 17:00
Best time to visit
12:00 - 13:00
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
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What's included
  • Guided tour of the castle
  • Self-guided access to the gardens
Instructions
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the admissions desk, located in the courthouse building (in front of the castle)
  • You can enter the gardens from 10:00. Access to the castle will be only at the selected timeslot
  • Make sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Hillsborough Castle
The Square, BT26 6AG, Belfast
Key info
Live guide
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.

Reviews
Aug 20, 2017
Fantastic tour with an excellent guide Elizabeth. I would highly recommend the tour and a stroll through the gardens
Jul 25, 2017
Excellent visit, great guide and beautiful gardens.
Apr 16, 2017
A nice way to spend an hour learning about the castles' former residents and the times in which they lived. Unfortunately it was a rainy day so I didn't explore the gardens. Another time perhaps.

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