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Tickets for Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Visit a historic castle and wander the gardens

Gardens
Closed
Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date (if selected)
Wheelchair accessible: Castle: fully accessible. Gardens: some paths are unsuitable. Guide dogs are allowed into the grounds
Live guide: English
Smartphone tickets accepted

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Health and safety measures are in place so you can enjoy culture with confidence.

Overview

Highlights

  • This palace, still in use today, is a beautiful late Georgian mansion
  • 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 and explore 40 hectares of gardens.

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 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.

Ticket

What's included

Access to the castle
Access to the gardens

What's not included

Guided tour
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.

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

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 10:00. Access to the castle will be only at the selected timeslot

Venue

Opening hours

Gardens
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday Closed

How to get there

Hillsborough Castle
The Square, BT26 6AG, Hillsborough
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Ratings & reviews

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A
Sep 19, 2020
Excellent
Very enjoyable visit. Beautiful gardens and castle was amazing. Well informed guides. I liked being able to walk around the castle at my own pace and ask questions about the items in the different rooms.
Very enjoyable visit. Beautiful gardens and castle was amazing. Well informed guides. I liked being able to walk around the castle at my own pace and ask questions about the items in the different rooms.
G
Feb 3, 2020
Excellent
The guide was very welcoming and friendly and made the tour very interesting with her knowledge of the history of the castle.
A
Jan 6, 2020
Excellent
Enjoyable interesting informative

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