Tickets for Hillsborough Castle & Gardens + Guided Tour

Enjoy this year’s special holiday event from 2 December to 5 January!

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Overview
Opening hours
Gardens
Saturday:  09:30 - 16:00
Sunday:  09:30 - 16:00
Monday:  09:30 - 16:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 16:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 16:00
Friday:  09:30 - 16:00
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
Exhibitions
Christmas at the Castle
Now on - Jan 5, 2020

Add some magic to the festive season by travelling back to Christmas past at Hillsborough Castle. The halls will be decked in boughs of holly and 12 meticulous art installations from local craftspeople will ring in the 12 days of Christmas.

Like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, you'll be transported to a Christmas long ago, as jolly characters paint Hillsborough Castle's incredible history to life with dramatic live performances, along with a healthy dollop of humour!

The State Rooms will glow in soft light and chime with festive music, plus a special visit from Father Christmas will make sure nobody's on this year's naughty list!

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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
Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
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
Wheelchair accessible
Castle: fully accessible. Gardens: some paths are unsuitable. Guide dogs are allowed into the grounds
Live guide
English
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.

Ratings & reviews
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Oct 24, 2019
Excellent tour with very informative guide. Friendly staff in all areas. Beautiful walks through the estate. Our friends from England very impressed.
Oct 20, 2019
Content extremely intresting. Guide very knowledgeable. Castle and Gardens very well kept. All staff very helpful and friendly.
Sep 20, 2019
THIS WAS A VERY GOOD DAY OUT THE TOUR GUIDE WAS VERY GOOD A LOT OF INFORMATION

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