Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

The late Georgian mansion was built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire and was later remodelled in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it is a working royal palace functioning as the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and it has been the home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s. A tour of the house will guide you through the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room.

The Gardens

Wander through 98 acres of beautiful gardens developed from the 1760s onwards, offering a contrast of ornamental grounds, peaceful woodland, meandering waterways, and trimmed lawns. Look out for the statue of Ossian outside the main entrance, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and the Ice House.

Guided House tours (duration: approx. 1 hour)
2 April – 27 September: Every weekend
Saturday: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30
Sunday: 12:30, 14:00, 15:30
1- 31 August, closed on Bank Holidays
Monday - Friday: 12:30, 14:00

2 April – 27 September: closed on Bank Holidays
Daily: 10:30 – 17:00

Please note tours must be booked in advance

To buy tickets visit the Hillsborough Castle Booking Office, The Square, Hillsborough, BT26 6AG, call 028 926 81300 or email Hillsboroughcastle@hrp.org.uk

Please be aware that there is no parking onsite.

Visitors are asked to note that due to the natural terrain of the gardens the majority of paths are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility.

Unfortunately we are only able to allow guide dogs and other assistance dogs into the grounds.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

March - September Open
10:00 to 16:00
October - February Open
10:00 - 15:00

(Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Visitor information Centre in the Court House or alternatively pre booked, contact 028 92681376) Pre booked tickets, season garden pass or HRP membership required for Sundays throughout the winter. (Contact 028 9268 1376) Last admission to the grounds approx. 1 hour before closing.
Please call to confirm times for guided tours and garden access (028 9268 9406).




Adults £7.00
Consessions (OAP & Under 16s) £5.00
Families £18.00
Children under 5 go free


Adults £3.50
Consessions (OAP & Under 16s) £3.50
Families £10.00
Gardens season pass Adults £15.00, Families £30.00
Children under 5 go free

Gardens season pass Adults £15.00, Families £30.00

Groups of 20 or more full priced adults will receive a 10% discount on ticket prices

Please note tours must be booked in advance

Group tours of the House can be arranged during the week, throughout the year, subject to the diary.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Situated just off Main Street in Hillsborough.
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