Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

Hillsborough Castle
Main Street
BT26 6AG
United Kingdom

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Hillsborough Castle

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Guided House tours

Weekends in April, May, June and September including Bank Holidays

Open daily from 20 March - 3 April and from 2 July - 4 September

Tour times: On the hour every hour from 11.00 (11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00)

Includes self-guided access to the gardens


Gardens unguided access

The gardens are open daily from 10.00 - sunset for unguided access throughout the year.

Tickets can be bought on the day at the Visitor Information Centre based in the Court House or in advance by calling 028 9268 1376. Last admission is an hour before closing.

Garden walks (self-guided) duration: approx. 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Pre booked tickets, season garden passes or Historic Royal Palaces membership are required to visit the gardens on Sundays throughout the winter. Contact 028 9268 1376 for more information.



Hillsborough Castle has gone from being a simple Georgian country house for the Hill family to becoming the official royal residence in Northern Ireland and now it is open to the public.

Historic Royal Palaces is embarking on an exciting project - we’re opening the doors of Hillsborough Castle for everyone to explore the stories of this extraordinary place, and take part in its inspiring new future. Our ambitions will be realised over the next five years through a programme of capital projects and associated activities that will welcome visitors; explore the stories; conserve and re-present the site; engage communities and learners and make a social contribution.

Currently the Castle is open for house tours and the Gardens for access and we are piloting new events and activities for families and adults including large-scale archaeology projects, family weekends and adult lates. Visit www.hrp.org.uk for more information.

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