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3 things worth shouting about:

  1. Northern Ireland’s only royal residence is home to over 100-acres of beautiful gardens
  2. From ornamental grounds and lavish lawns, to meandering waterways and shaded woodlands – it's got it all.
  3. Fancy getting the inside track? A guided garden tour is always a safe bet.

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What's there to do at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens?

Day time view of The Glen at Hillsborough Castle Gardens

The Glen

Themed Area

Flowers in the Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle

Walled Garden

Themed Area

Patch of grass at Hillsborough Castle Gardens

Imaginary Menagerie Play Trail


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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens tips and tricks


Michelle says

"Bring your own sarnies!"

Note that the restaurant only serves hot food so not sandwiches and is located at the entrance. So bring your own sandwiches if you're after a cold lunch.


Mary says

"Take a pram if you're bringing little ones"

If visiting with a baby/toddler I’d recommend bringing a pram for the walk to and from the castle and also a carrier/reins for inside as it can be a long walk.

What to expect at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Be at one with nature in Northern Ireland’s most glorious gardens.

We’re calling it, The Royal Hillsborough Castle has the most beautiful gardens in the whole of Northern Ireland. You heard it here first.

Developed in the mid-eighteenth century, these glorious gardens are the go-to spot for anyone needing a nature fix with a diverse mix of peaceful woodland, magical meadows, picturesque glens and meandering waterways – and enough vivid vibrancy to satisfy all of the senses.

The gardens are split into different areas. There’s the 4-acre Walled Garden, a site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the castle’s royal residents. Lady Alice’s temple is a place of pure tranquillity – the perfect place for a picnic, or simply some peaceful contemplation. And, the beautiful lake is home to species including kingfishers, goslings, cygnets, to name just a few. Then, head to the Pinetum, an ornate pine grove planted in the 1870s.

The ‘Garden Explorer’ map is your cheat sheet to navigating the gardens, with different areas to visit, as well as pointing out specimen trees and rare plants.

Just bear in mind, tickets don’t include entrance to the Castle itself.

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Facilites you'll find at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

  • Picnic Friendly
  • Picnic Spots
  • On-site Café(s)
  • Wheelchair Hire
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Pushchair Friendly
  • Pushchair Parking
  • Free Wifi

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Hillsborough Castle Opening Times

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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens at a glance

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is an attraction based in County Down. It is listed in Tourist Attractions Historical Attractions . We have tickets available starting at £10.00.

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Is there parking at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens?

Good news – there's free on-site parking.

How do you get to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens?

The best way to get to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is by car. The postcode for the car park is BT26 6HR – just put that into your Maps app or Sat Nav and you’ll be directed to the car park and admissions. Nice and easy.

Bear in mind, entrance to the gardens is only possible through the visitor centre, nearest to the car park.

How long does Hillsborough Castle and Gardens take?

You’re welcome to spend as much time as you like in Hillsborough Gardens. Most visitors spend an average of 3 hours exploring.

Are dogs allowed at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens?

Dogs are not permitted in Hillsborough Castle and Gardens unless they are trained assistance dogs, this includes medical alert dogs.

Are there toilets at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens?

You’ll find toilets in Pineapple Yard, Gardens and West Pavilion (Lower Visitor Centre). All toilets have disabled access and baby changing facilities.

Are the gardens accessible for wheelchair users?

Due to the natural terrain of the gardens, some paths are unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. They offer some wheelchairs to use on a first come, first served basis which are sanitised between each use.

Can I bring my own food or drink to Hillsborough Castle gardens?

Of course! Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and enjoy picnics in the garden – definitely best during the summer.

There is also a café in the Lower Visitor Centre in the Western Pavilion is open, 09.00-16.00.

Can I arrive at the castle dressed in costume?

Unfortunately, fancy dress is not permitted at the Hillsborough Castle and gardens. Sensible clothes only! No offensive slogans either.

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